Equality and Inclusivity

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 needs by consumers in the built and natural environments.

Industry bodies including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Construction Industry Training Board 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.

UCEM’s inclusivity pledge

We pledge to make everyone feel welcome in every aspect of our marketing communications, application process, operations and education.

  • We listen to our representatives and ambassadors, our staff and our students, and we will learn from their stories to be empathetic with under-represented groups
  • We question everything we do to through all under-represented group lenses to ensure it is fully inclusive
  • We actively collaborate with campaigns and organisations who are pushing the widening participation agenda
  • We are proud to drive change, and be seen to be driving change, both in our institution and in our industry

Student/staff focus groups

UCEM is working tirelessly to increase the number of students from under-represented groups and a vital part of this is understanding the experience of people from these groups of the higher education sector and the built environment industries.

Student/staff focus groups meet up to three times a year and are made up of students and staff from diverse backgrounds who share their stories with a view to impacting everything that UCEM does, not only in order to make EVERYONE feel that they are welcome here, but   also to push for change in our industry.

The more people who take part in our focus groups, the more powerful they are! If you would like to take part in a focus group, please contact Nikki Bulteel.