Why Now?

14. Nov, 2021

Racism, is in my words racism, unfavourably responding to an event whilst in a position of power because of the colour of someone's skin colour or accent. When perpetrators justify their racist's response and they clearly do not want to be part of the 'racists club' is like them interpreting the Bible or the Torah or the Bible based on their reality and not on the intention of the religious text or the real meaning. They skew the picture to suit them. 

The bible, the Torah and the Quran are all texts that were to teach love and harmony not hate and fear. Yet too often people use them to detemine an untrue narrative and hide behind it demonstrating their value and worthiness whilst kicking others into the gutter. They may say that in Leviticus 18:22 though shalt not lie with mankind, like womankind, ... states that there is no space for homosequality and therefore condemn it, rather than listen to the meaning of this and that is the Bible is about love for all and to express that love in a way that causes no harm to anyone. They ignore the painful truth of the effects of racism or homephobia,  they are a protaganist of racism or homephobic or transgender stories that are based on their lived experiences which are rarely similar to those people who find themselves as the victims as a consequence of their words. However, the perpretrators  are in a perceived position of power, which as leaders we know we have to keep satisfied, otherwise, we, the victims, suffer more. This way, not having a platform of power in which to be heard and then the justice actioned, the racism, the homophobia and the misogyny are perpetuated and justified. 

9. Sep, 2020

Black Lives Matter

8 June 2020 

The UCL Institute of Education believes Black Lives Matter. 

To our Black staff and students, we recognise your ​pain, anxiety and strength of feeling, as well as the disadvantages you have experienced, and we are grateful that you remain part of our community. As an educational organisation, we are committed to learning from you so that we can do better in the future, but also recognise that it is our job to educate ourselves, and not yours to do this for us. We are also committed to educating others about these issues, which we recognise to be a vital part of our social justice mission.

We know that white privilege exists, and that this is reflected in the profile of staff who reach senior positions in our own organisation. We will work to change this. We have started, for example, to extend our use of Fair Recruitment Specialists on appointment panels, and will continue to monitor and address intersectional injustices through our Athena Swan action plan. This has shown, for example, that Black women’s experiences of promotion have been disproportionately negative. We have also begun work to address systemic racism in education and society, for example, by improving our own practices though engaging with the BAME Awarding Gap Project and acting on its recommendations, and also in our research, by supporting work that investigates racism in education and society, and advocating for its wider use. But it is also vitally important that we address the specific issues raised by Black Lives Matter as they affect our students and staff. We commit to working on a more considered response to this as a priority.

We recognise that structural inequality manifests itself not only in visible ways, but also in the circumstances of our everyday working lives. We want to make sure that staff and students at all levels of the organisation are comfortable to discuss and address these issues, but also recognise that such conversations involve very unequal degrees of risk for different people. We want to minimise the emotional and other forms of labour faced by our Black staff and students as we move forward, and recognise that it is our job to make sure that your voices are heard.

Most of all, please know that if the toll of recent events is making it more difficult for you to work or study in what are already very challenging circumstances, we are here to support you. No-one should have to put up with racist comments or actions, but we understand that Black members of our community have put up with this throughout their lives. UCL can provide support for students or for staff who have been affected by racism, either directly or in response to things such as the ongoing coverage of violence against Black people in America. We want any staff or students who experience racism within the IOE to know that they can discuss this with their department’s Inclusion lead, or one of UCL’s Dignity Advisors.

22. Jun, 2020
22. Jun, 2020

Social Structures which determine values and underpin how policies and behaviours are constructed.