Sex is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and refers to men and women. At Imperial we normally use the term gender rather than sex. Most people may develop a gender identity that matches their biological sex but others do not. This is why the College gives the option to members of staff to declare their preferred gender identity when asking about their personal information.
Women now make up virtually 50 percent of the workforce in Britain. However, there is widespread recognition that women are not represented in the same numbers as men at the top of UK organisations, that pay discrimination still exists after 30 years since the Equal Pay Act came into force, and that occupational segregation ensures that the type of jobs women tend to get into remains relatively restricted.
Through our long-running involvement with Athena SWAN, Imperial is working to level the playing field for all, and will continue to proactively eliminate all unfair discrimination. The Athena Committee oversee and coordinate Athena SWAN activity in College, reporting to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Group.
Imperial is one of only a few universities to have achieved an institutional Silver Athena SWAN award, and was the first to achieve Silver on the expanded post-May 2015 criteria. We are also proud of our activity at a departmental level, with 16 departments holding Athena SWAN awards.
Family and Childcare at Imperial
In 2013, Su Nandy, Deputy Head of Faculty Operations, Engineering, carried out a College Maternity Survey. As a result a number of recommendations based on the Survey have been implemented by College to supplement existing support, including an additional childcare support scheme, maternity mentoring, and workshops for parents.
You can find out more information and details of the support Imperial provides on the Parents' Network website.