The restrictions on everyday life imposed by the coronavirus pandemic present extraordinary challenges for all staff and students at Imperial. However, we recognise that particular groups will be impacted in different and sometimes disproportionate ways.

As an institution committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, we want to ensure that unequal impacts are mitigated as far as possible. Therefore, in addition to the support and information already provided on the College’s COVID-19 webpages, we have curated this set of resources that we hope will be useful to you during this period. 

Some of the resources are targeted to staff, and some to students, but many will be relevant to both groups.

In addition, the staff in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre (EDIC) are available, albeit remotely, to answer any questions you may have. Student queries should be directed to the appropriate contacts listed in the Student Support Zone.

Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost (EDI)

Support for staff

Harassment and bullying support

Harassment and bullying is unacceptable behaviour. As a member of staff, who can you talk to about harassment or bullying?

If you’ve experienced, or know someone who has experienced, a hate incident or hate crime you can report it to the police.

Disability support and accessibility

You will continue to have remote access to a wide range of support during this time

Staff can access Inclusive technology that can help you study and work better, faster and smarter.

Read about good practice guidelines on video conferencing including tips to ensure accessibility for those with hidden and physical disabilities.

Mental health and wellbeing support

Managing your mental health and wellbeing is really important. Whether you're social distancing or self-isolating you may be feeling anxious or stressed during this time, and that is completely normal.

Staff are sharing tips on Yammer on how you can improve your remote working wellbeing.

Parents and Carers support

Every week, the Employee Engagement team within HR update the ‘Support from home’ calendar with useful resources, webinars, tools and virtual sessions beneficial to the whole Imperial community.

The College still has support in place for expectant parents and parents with children of any age, and carers.

Bereavement support

Dealing with the loss of someone close to you can be a very difficult and upsetting process. Bereavement is an individual experience, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. During these times it’s important to remember that you are not alone.

Staff should refer to Compassionate leave, which covers bereavement, to find out more about leave amount and guidance if/when requesting compassionate leave.

Guidance for managers during Covid-19

The Learning and Development Centre (LDC) have put together a resource page offering tips, guidance and tools for leaders and managers in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff can join the new Managers’ Forum, a safe virtual space for managers and leaders to discuss current leadership challenges. Please contact LDC if you are interested in participating or would to talk further.

General support for students

Mental health and wellbeing support

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious by the ongoing pandemic is understandable. Managing your mental health and wellbeing during this time is really important.

The Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service remains open to you. If you would like to get in touch, please contact counselling@imperial.ac.uk.

Bereavement support

Dealing with the loss of someone close to you can be a very difficult and upsetting process. Bereavement is an individual experience, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. During these times it’s important to remember that you are not alone. You can find support in:

If you are dealing with a bereavement, you can visit Mitigating Circumstances for information on the process and policy.

Disability support and accessibility

The Disability Advisory Service will continue to support you during this time.

If you would like to speak with someone in the Disability Advisory Service, please email disabilities@imperial.ac.uk.

Careers

The Careers Service is offering advice to any students concerned about internship and employment opportunities, as well as their business as usual operations such as 1-2-1 appointments (virtually), presentations and workshops.

Graduate School

The Graduate School have updated their webpages with relevant information and links to support students.