Equality at Imperial
Imperial is committed to promoting and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) throughout the College. EDI forms an integral part of Imperial Expectations, the set of seven statements which articulate how the College expects all staff to behave. We believe creating an equal, diverse and inclusive culture is every staff member's responsibility. We provide training to empower staff to do this and to ensure we are a welcoming employer.
The Equality Act 2010 and Imperial's Public Sector Duty
The Equality Act 2010 brought together over 116 separate pieces of legislation. A significant piece of legislation, the Act simplified, consolidated and strengthened the law, providing a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act covers the rights of our staff and students, and prospective staff and students.
In the UK, EDI is often discussed using the nine protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies to meet a General Duty. The Duty covers all protected groups (except Marriage and Civil Partnership) and Duty requires public bodies to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
The General Duty is supported by specific duties:
- Publish equality objectives at least every four years
- Publish information to demonstrate compliance with the equality duty, at least annually
In October 2018, Imperial published our new EDI Strategy, replacing our previously equality objectives.
Imperial monitors the personal information of staff, includuding protected characteristics, though ICIS (Imperial College Information System). It is important to collect these data to create a clear picture of the College workforce so we can identify if all staff are being treated fairly. You can find out more about this on our information and data page.