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Anti-racism strategy

Collage of images representing African heritage, culture and celebrities.
Collage of images representing African heritage, culture and celebrities.
Petra Raissa Nogueira, '[Black is] light', 2021, BA Fashion Design and Development, London College of Fashion,UAL.

Delivering on anti-racism

We are working together to make UAL an anti-racist university. After consulting staff and students, we have developed a comprehensive anti-racism action plan. This sets clear objectives and expectations for us to tackle racial inequality at UAL.

Some of our plans are new, such as our pledge that 30% of our staff will be BAME* by 2024, but we are not starting from scratch. Many of us have long been working on social and racial justice, and will continue to do so.

Together with staff and students we have drawn up an anti-racism action plan with 10 key objectives. Including clear actions, responsibilities for delivery, timeframes, success criteria and expected outcomes.

Delivering our plan will change our systems and processes - and also our culture. We will make sure we have the right resources to make effective, sustainable progress.

  • James Purnell, President and Vice-Chancellor, UAL

    James Purnell  

    President & Vice-Chancellor of UAL

  • Portrait of Naina Patel
    Naina Patel, Director of HR

    Naina Patel  

    Director of Human Resources

Our objectives

  • Visible accountability and allyship on race equality
  • Improve reporting, monitoring and resolution process
  • Align anti-racism action plan with UAL EDI strategies
  • Anti-racism education across the University
  • Create clear statistics and KPIs

  • Increase the proportion of BAME* staff
  • Increase the proportion of BAME* students
  • Extend numbers of BAME* Visiting Lecturers
  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • Eliminating the continuation and degree awarding gap

Our work in action

  • Peng Chen, Show backstage, Banking Hall

    Decolonising Arts Institute  

    Explore films from UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, seeking to challenge colonial and imperial legacies and drive cultural, social and institutional change.

  • 4 girls of different background hanging out in a photography studio
    Group shot of Rafin Jannat with models from the Jarafin shoot. 2019. BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear. London College of Fashion. UAL. Photograph: Calvin Chinthaka.

    Insights programme

    Not everyone has equal opportunity to enter higher education. UAL Insights is the University’s outreach programme. It offers young people access to our Colleges for creative activities and pre-university advice and guidance.

  • Colourful diptych with a painting of a figure on the left and a photograph on the right
    Alaa Satir, 2019 MA Illustration and visual media, London College of Communication UAL | Photograph: Deema Alasad

    MA Internet Equalities

    Providing students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds with the skills to understand and implement applied equality in technology development.

  • Drawing of female form
    BA (Hons) Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, Body diversity by Cyrielle Viany. Photograph Copyright holder: David Poultney

    Shades of Noir  

    Discover our Centre for Race and Practice Based Social Justice.

  • Man crouched in front of artwork. BA (Hons) Fine Art, Shinuk Suh in the Studio, Copyright holder: Alys Tomlinson
    BA (Hons) Fine Art, Shinuk Suh in the Studio, Copyright holder: Alys Tomlinson

    Arts SU

    Get involved in some of our students’ union campaigns, and connect with local creatives, community organisations and likeminded students.

Race Equality Charter (REC)

UAL is currently working towards Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC). REC provides a framework through which higher education institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. UAL’s REC Core Self-Assessment Team is led by Professor Carol Tulloch and Naina Patel (Race Champion).

For further information contact:


Race Champions Forum (RCF)

The Race Champions Forum was established in November 2016 and is made up of around 40 members of staff and student representatives from across UAL committed to progressing race equality within the university. The forum meets termly to share good practice and report on progress towards UAL's bid for the Race Equality Charter. The forum is chaired by Naina Patel, Director of HR and UAL Race Champion.

If you want to get involved in the work of the RCF, contact Isabella Chan, Head of EDI:

Group for the Equality of Minority Staff (GEMS)

GEMS was set up to promote the personal development and create a network of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) staff.

For more information contact:

Colourful collage with palm trees, figures and intricate details
Edward Mendoza, 2018 BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins, UAL | Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

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* Explanatory note for the usage of BAME

UAL recognises and acknowledges some of the terminology used here, such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), is contested and may be offensive to some people.

Such terms are currently widely used in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) world and across sectors for benchmarking, and there is no consensus view on alternative terminology.