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Equality and Diversity

Since its establishment in 1826, UCL has a long history of fighting for equality and diversity. It was the first university to admit students of any race or religious or political beliefs. In 1878, UCL was the first to accept women on equal terms with men, and in 1893 UCL was the first in England to establish a students’ union.  

Over 180 years later that drive for equality is ever present and our department operates on principles of good practice that promote transparency and fairness.

We are proud to have a higher than average representation of females among our students and academic staff.

UCL has received a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), in recognition of the university's commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education


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