In its pursuit of academic and professional excellence, The City Law School is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our colleagues and students regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, pregnancy, race and ethnic origin, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, or other protected characteristic.
From its early history and incarnation as the Inns of Court School of Law, The City Law School has educated professionals from diverse nations of the world including notable alumni such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sandy Okoro, HH Judge Barbara Mensah, Rehana Popal, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Nana Akuffo-Addo.
The School takes pride in the fact that a large proportion of our students are among the first in their families to receive a university education and that its student cohort comprises a diverse community reflecting its location in central London.
The City Law School recognises that there is still much to be done to enhance its work around EDI issues and race specifically. The School also recognises the historical and political context that has led to structural and institutional problems that require addressing and remedying.
To this end, the School is committed to being a change agent. At this stage of its development the School is aspirational in its objectives and recognises that it still has much work to do make sure that it embraces all aspects of inclusivity and diversity.
The activities of the School’s EDI Committee support the work of City, University of London’s broader EDI Strategy 2020-2026 published in 2020. For more on EDI @ City, including EDI policies and information on staff affinity networks, please visit this weblink.
Black British Research Scholar Scholarship
The City Law School offers a full-time, three-year doctoral scholarship to a Black British researcher. Though not yet confirmed, it is hoped that this scholarship will be offered on an annual basis.
Athena Swan Charter and other Equality initiatives
The School is currently progressing its application to achieve an Athena Swan Charter mark used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE). This work is being directed by EDI Committee member, Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch.
At the University level City is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Committed Employer. City has also applied to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index with regard to LGBTQIA+ staff.
Dr Sabrina Germain is the School's Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
City has been awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award. City has also achieved the Athena Swan Bronze Award.
Composition of The City Law School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The members of the School’s EDI Committee are Professor Richard Ashcroft (Chair); Sarwan Singh (Assistant Dean EDI and Deputy Chair); Stephen Hitchcox (Secretary) Vanessa Bucknor-Scott; Lynne Townley, Dr Grietje Baars; Emmy Gregory; Professor Peter Hungerford Welch; Dr Mazen Masri; Sona Mehta; Rachel Andrews; Linda Jotham; John Stevenson; Snigdha Nag; Dr Sabrina Germain and Menissa Saleem.
Students and staff are warmly welcomed to approach the Committee with their ideas and concerns related to EDI including bullying, discrimination or harassment. Communications can be directed, in the first instance, to Stephen Hitchcox.