Imperial is committed to ensuring a positive environment for staff and students from all backgrounds, ages, disabilities, sexual orientations, caring status and more. Diverse@Imperial is an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the diversity of our community. It is also a time to recognise and discuss what barriers remain to increasing diversity and inclusion, and the actions that we can all take to address these challenges.
Diverse@Imperial 2018 - 29 January to 2 February
All week: An exhibition in the College Main Entrance will showcase staff and students alongside information about the College's work on equality, diversity and inclusion. There will be a smaller exhibition at the Hammersmith Campus, and much of the content will be relayed through digital screens on all campuses. We'll also be celebrating Diverse@Imperial on social media - share your experience of diversity at the College with #DiverseImperial. You can explore some of the Diverse@Imperial profiles on this website and download a version of the Diverse@Imperial 2018 Exhibition (pdf).
All week: A volunteer-run Active Bystander information stand will be in the Sherfield Building each lunchtime throughout the week. The Faculty of Engineering introduced Active Bystander training in 2017 to empower staff and students across the College community to challenge poor behaviours, and bring about cultural change. Come and find out how you can get involved.
Wednesday 31 January: An outreach event for children from local schools. Festival-style stands in the Mechanical Engineering Foyer will showcase the diversity of research and researchers at Imperial from 11:00, followed by a talk from Dr Mark Richards, Department of Physics, entitled “Working with Waves!”
Thursday 1 February: Dr Nike Folayan will give a talk, 'A sense of Belonging in Engineering', 12:30-13:30 (Royal School of Mines, 131, Sutton Lecture Theatre). This talk is open to all staff and students but please register in advance. Nike will discuss what diversity and the drive towards a more inclusive STEM workforce really mean, with a particular focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion in engineering. She will also address common myths about why engineering is not as diverse as it could be and what can be done to bring about real change. Nike is a Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in electronics engineering. She is a chartered engineering consultant in the Railways Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy and is Chair of the UK Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK), which aims to challenge and inspire people of BME origin to get into engineering.
2017 Diverse@Imperial showcased the College’s diverse community and the talent within it. The week featured an exhibition of our staff in the College’s main entrance and two key events, videos of which you can watch below.
Celebrating our Diversity
For Diverse@Imperial 2017 on 1 February, Nina Nannar (ITN News journalist) chaired a discussion panel featuring:
Professor Shiranee Sriskandan, Department of Medicine
Professor Sara Rankin, National Heart & Lung Institute
Dr Liz Elvidge, Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre
Dr Joao Cabral, Department of chemical Engineering
Dr Mark Richards, Department of Physics
Gendered Research and Inclusive Innovation
Professor Simone Buitendjik, Vice Provost (Education), challenged us to think about diversity and inclusion in relation to our research in her lecture on 2 February as part of Diverse@Imperial 2017.