Racial Justice Working Group Report: Experiences of Race and Racism at UAL

On 25th May 2021 we launched UAL UCU’s Racial Justice Working Group (RJWG) Survey Report “Experiences of Race and Racism at UAL”. The date of this launch marked the anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minnesota USA.

Between July and October 2020, 53 responses to the survey on staff experiences of race and racism at UAL were collected. This is the first time such a survey has been undertaken at UAL. We hope the survey’s finding can be used to improve UAL’s management and staff understanding of issues of race and racism at the institution. This 28-page report collects responses under three headings:

  1. EVERYDAY RACISM AT UAL – INTERPERSONAL AND STRUCTURAL

2. RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, PROMOTION AND WELLBEING OF STAFF OF COLOUR

3. INSTITUTIONAL ANTI-RACISM AT UAL

Our conclusions: Responses given in the survey amplify concerns of staff-of-colour who feel undervalued by their institution. There is a normative culture of hegemonic whiteness at UAL which marginalises staff-of-colour or makes them hyper-visible. To challenge this racism is essential, but it is not enough to implement diversity quotas: cultural and structural change is needed at all levels.

We urge all UAL UCU members to read, distribute and cite this report in order to progress the anti-racist agenda at UAL. We consider it imperative to listen to staff-of-colour voices and for these to be taken seriously in UAL’s plan to ‘become an anti-racist university’.

Read UAL UCU’s Racial Justice Working Group’s Report “Experiences of Race and Racism at UAL“.

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