Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity in the Built Environment

The Built Environment needs a diverse workforce that reflects Britain’s diverse population.  A workforce to utilise the innovation and technology needed by consumers in the built and natural environments.

Industry bodies including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building recognise the need and value of diversity in the industry and have developed policies and action plans to tackle barriers to entry, encourage a more diverse profession and grow the industry’s appeal to a broader population as a career of choice.

UCEM’s commitment to widening participation

At UCEM, we recognise that we have a role to play in widening participation and have specific goals to address this. These goals are embedded in our Access and Participation Plan. Read more about our Access and Participation Plan here (opens new link).

Our Outreach team works with student focus groups including representatives from our BAME students and users of our Disability and Wellbeing Service, so we hear the viewpoints of all of our students. We use their feedback to improve as an institution and be more inclusive.

UCEM works with a wide range of students, providing Access courses for those needing a route into Higher Education, accessible programmes for those in the military and services veterans, as well as our apprenticeship, undergraduate and post graduate programmes.

We are pleased with the progress we have been making at UCEM to open up Built Environment education for as large a group of students as possible, and this is evident in the infographics about our current undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts. These infographics reveal the diverse student base we have across the globe aged from 18 to 72 years old, and that 95 students receive some kind of financial support from us, 131 students are supported with a plan from our Disability and Wellbeing Service and 879 students are from a BAME background.

We will continue to do our bit at UCEM to widen participation and help as many people as possible access our degrees to gain the qualifications needed to access or progress in the sector.