London Met Lab: The Discrimination Challenge
We want to support communities where people of all backgrounds can thrive, where difference is respected and celebrated.
All Londoners deserve to be treated fairly, regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, social class, disability, age and religion. We want to support communities where people of all backgrounds can thrive, where difference is respected and celebrated, and to support the development of public services that meet the needs of every member of our city. We’d love to hear from you about different projects or community initiatives we can work on with you.
Research and projects
Anti-Apartheid Legacy: Material Culture, Heritage and Now
London Met alumna Dr Ekua McMorris will develop a project focusing on material culture derived from the Anti-Apartheid Movement, in collaboration with CREATURE and the Liliesleaf Trust.
Let's Talk Islington: dismantling inequality in Islington
Donna Jones will explore the experiences of inequality among Islington's LGBTQIA+ communities, and elder communities, in two projects with the borough's council.
Interview with Dr Jane Lewis regarding the Islington BAME Employment Project
Our London Met Lab challenge champion, Dr Jane Lewis, was recently featured in an interview with BusinessLDN regarding her role in the Islington BAME Employment project.
London Met initiatives to address the degree-awarding gap highlighted
The higher education advocacy organisation, Universities UK, showcased London Met's whole-institutional approach an example of innovation and excellence in higher education.
The meaning of 'Home' amongst racially minoritised communities in London
London Met lecturer Dr Alya Khan led a research team of staff and students in discussion around the cultural practices surrounding the home.
Inclusion calendar 2022
Our inclusion calendar provides a list of key dates, awareness-raising days and events that reflect our diverse population.
Better supporting students and their families in the post-Covid era
London Met participated in the EU-funded Eurofam Network to discuss goals for social justice, sustainable development, and multilingualism among European students and their families.
Mistrust of national employment services, and structural barriers, fuelling BAME employment gap
Research participants reported feeling pressured into taking on unsuitable work
Diversity and difference in everyday life
Dr Julius Elster discusses his research into the experiences of young people in Tottenham, finding ‘super-diversity’ to be integral to the area’s cultural identity.
How can mental health services better support Black men?
London Met's Kevin Brazant on the issues that impact Black men's mental health, following an expert panel discussion he took part in at the Men and Boy's Coalition.
Understanding Brexit from the perspective of London's highly-skilled French migrants
A new study considers how the shock of Brexit exposed but also threatened the previously taken-for-granted privileges enjoyed by this capital-rich migrant population.
2022 Jhalak Prize: London Met academic's literary prize sees record number of submissions
Co-founded by London Met's Professor Sunny Singh, the award is helping to improve diversity across British publishing and has become one of the industry's most prestigious accolades.
Making space for academic colleagues to think about race as part of pedagogy
Kevin Brazant shares tips on how to use digital content creation to deconstruct themes of equality, diversity and inclusion with colleagues and inform their teaching practice.
Promoting inclusive assessment and teaching globally
A new book edited by Dr Eleni Meletiadou explores how educational institutions are improving the student experience and promoting lifelong learning and social justice in education.
London Higher launch Pan-London BAME Mentoring Programme with London Met
The programme provides Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic academic and professional services staff across all levels of institutions with mentors outside their institutional hierarchy.
Understanding the contribution of Irish Nurses to the NHS: an oral history project
A new partnership between the London Irish Centre and London Metropolitan University will capture the stories of Irish women who were recruited to train and work in the NHS.
London Met climbs 236 places in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
The University has also received a Stonewall Bronze Award for its work to create a more inclusive workplace.
CLiOH joins exciting project charting the history of the anti-apartheid movement in the UK
Following a major grant to the Liliesleaf Trust UK, the Centre for Life Writing and Oral History will contribute to creating the Anti-Apartheid Legacy: Centre of Memory and Learning.
London Met supports development of new anti-Apartheid artworks
Professor Wessie Ling will work with the Liliesleaf Trust UK to commission six new artworks which explore the contemporary resonance of the heritage of the struggle against apartheid.
New podcast series from London Met explores queer voices from lockdown
The podcasts are part of a wider research project, LamQ+, which aims to understand the lockdown experiences of Black, Asian and/or other minoritised LGBTQI+ communities.
I’m a footballer and I’m gay
Donna Jones, Head of Social Work, provides her expert insight into LGBTQIA+ football players, both past and present.
London Met equity and inclusion case study published by The Office for Students
The case study outlines London Met's whole provider approach to creating an engaging university experience for students of colour that reflects the university's diverse student body.
Understanding Lambeth’s LGBTQI+ communities in times of Covid-19
A research team at London Met’s Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre has delivered a new report focused on the needs of Lambeth’s large LGBTQIA+ communities.
Photo exhibition on Lambeth’s LGBTQIA+ community during the pandemic
The exhibition is a result of research carried out by different departments across London Met.
London Met recognised for gender equality work
London Met has been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award, in recognition of our ongoing commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
Above and beyond: Delivering support services remotely
Professor Liz Kelly, Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, and MA student Selma Taha, comment on the challenges faced by support services during the pandemic.
London Met partners with The Liliesleaf Trust UK
Among other initiatives, this partnership will create a PhD opportunity with the Centre of Memory and Learning to develop a community-focused engagement programme.
Do Black Lives still Matter in higher education?
Staff from London Met’s Centre for Equity and Inclusion discussed the University’s Race Equity Strategy at an HE sector event.
How We Live Now: designing feminist cities
A new installation at the Barbican explores a series of important questions about our public spaces and designed environments, and who they serve.
Exploring academic careers with the Stemettes
London Met's Dr Preeti Patel, Head of Computer Science and Applied Computing, spoke to women and girls about STEM careers in academia.
Supporting stateless people
London Met's interpreting network is expanding access to advocacy and services to stateless people across Europe.
London Met statement on anti-Asian racism
We are outraged at the rise in racially motivated attacks targeted at East-Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Island people in the UK and around the world.
LGBTQI+ Lambeth residents invited to take part in COVID research project
The project is looking to learn more about the experiences of LGBTQI+ communities, to influence policies and services that enable LGBTQI+ people in Lambeth to thrive.
Racism in the media
Wendy Sloane, Associate Professor of Journalism, on why making newsrooms more diverse is key to tackling racism in the media.
London Met launches ambitious Race Equity Strategy
The University has committed £15 million to drive racial equity and inclusion at London Met.
Universities are failing to recognise and tackle Islamophobia, London Met Study finds
A new report calls for institutions to recognise the existence of Islamophobia, do more to examine its impact, and take decisive action to eradicate Islamophobia from campuses.
Racialising pandemics: lessons from history
Professors Louise Ryan and Don MacRaild explore the ways in which nations and their people have historically been stigmatised by disease.
Interdisciplinary team to explore impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI+ communities in Lambeth
The team have been awarded research funding from London Met’s Transformation Fund Awards to undertake this innovative research project.
Teardrops: demanding justice for victims of police brutality
Sofia Akel discusses her research into the extent of police brutality in the UK, which informed Kano's powerful music video performance of 'Teardrops'.
Black History 365
Vice-Chancellor Professor Lynn Dobbs made a commitment to interrogating London Met’s curricula choices to advance anti-racist practice at the University.
Cohort cohesion: young Europeans’ constructions of nationalism and migration
Professor Alistair Ross examines the predominant suspicion and unease that young people in the EU display towards nationalism, and how they associate this with racism.
Decolonising London Met
Jessica Hoarau reports on the launch of the Decolonising Met Working Group, which aims to create positive change and dismantle colonial practices within our curricula and institution.
Exploring and understanding health and wellbeing
The Centre for Primary Health and Social Care facilitated research sharing on a variety of diverse topics, including bullying in education, the health of carers, and migrant rights.
Researching the rainbow
London Met PhD candidate Cinar Aydogan presents his research on LGBT+ identity, social media and coming out online at this year’s Student Pride.
Expert to highlight the hidden problem of financial abuse
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs will be presenting her research at Durham University and at Cardiff to raise awareness of financial abuse.
Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
The GDIRC is a home for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship that explores migration, diasporas, nations and localities through the lenses of diversity and inequality.
London Met welcomes Vice Chancellor's PhD scholars
These scholarships form part of London Met's commitment to improving the experiences, opportunities and outcomes of students and colleagues from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Students and the community
London Met comes out for Pride
London Met joined the London Pride Parade for the first time in its 50-year history this weekend. Wendy Sloane, Associate Professor of Journalism reports from the celebrations.
London Met graduate named one of House and Garden magazine's Rising Stars
Amechi Mandi, who studied Furniture and Product Design at London Met, is known for his contemporary interpretations of traditional African designs.
Former student Liz Carr wins Olivier Award
Theatre Arts alumna wins prestigious theatre prize for role at National Theatre.
Journalism student wins national award
Carolina Piras took home the prize for the Human Rights Coverage category at the Student Publication Association awards.
"Surprised and really happy": Journalism students shortlisted for industry awards
Carolina Piras was shortlisted in the Human Rights Coverage category in the SPA Awards and student publication Sleeveless was shortlisted in the Best Newcomer and Best Design categories
School of Art, Architecture and Design begins search for new name
All name suggestions will be evaluated by an expert panel, before inviting the community to select their favourite from a shortlist.
The Irish Writers in London Summer School returns to London Met
Now in its 26th year, the Summer School invites students from all backgrounds to read and discuss contemporary literature with a host of guest writers.
Latino Life in the Park
London Met alumna Tamanna Jahan will have a film screened as part of celebratory global festival, World in Westminster.
Photography exhibition for Women's History Month 2022 will see work displayed at Aldgate Library and around campus.
Learning from Nubia Way
A creative team from The Architecture Foundation is crowdfunding to deliver a short documentary about the Black-led self-build housing scheme.
Equality, diversity and inclusion at London Met
We have a proud tradition of embracing and valuing diversity and this is reflected in our student body and staff and are one of the most diverse universities in the UK.
London Met to commemorate first London Pride March with new plaque
The plaque will commemorate the afterparty of the inaugural 1972 Pride March, which was held in London Met's Holloway Road building.
From protest to institutional change - Architecture, Race, Gender and Education
Over 200 attended an online event at which keynote speaker Lesley Lokko engaged with issues raised by MASS: Metropolitan Architecture Students Society. MASS asks, now what?
London Met Journalism Diversity Network: learning on the job
Students Raisy Aquino, Carolina Piras and Paloma Mairone share their experiences of work placements in newsrooms and magazines, organised through the University’s Diversity Network.
London Met presents the Big House Theatre and Bullet Tongue Reloaded
The "ferocious and powerful" play will be streamed live, using immersive theatre to lead its audience into the hidden world of marginalised young people involved in gang activity.
Writing Black Lives
A free, open event at London Met explored the Black British experience through creative writing and oral history.
Million Women Rise: "We have to show up for ourselves"
Three inspirational activists and self-proclaimed “Black Dykes” from MWR gave a virtual talk at London Met as part of the University’s Digital Pride 2020.
Student voice: All lives cannot matter if Black lives do not matter
This is not Black people's fight alone, writes Adebukola Fadipe (Journalism, Film and Television Studies BA). It's a fight for all of us.
Leading the fight for trans rights
BA Journalism student Ryan Gray reports from Dr Chryssy Hunter’s discussion on transgender and non-binary rights in the UK.
London Met signs pledge to support LGBT rights
London Met has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, the leading employers' programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in their workplace.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
The University hosted an event in honour of International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women and how they can reach their career goals through higher education.
Discrimination: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Discrimination Challenge.
Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.