The Faculty Culture Initiatives Management Group – what we call ‘Culture Club’ for short – has been set up to help coordinate initiatives like Athena SWAN, the Race Equality Charter, and Staff Survey Action Planning. We will use this group to share resources, reduce duplication, and ensure that we effectively embed positive behaviours and approaches.

The Culture Club reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and brings together experience and expertise from the full range of our activities – you can see core membership below. It will also involve additional membership from Research Strategy, FoM Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, student representatives, and others as required.

If you’re already working across these areas, it’s important to clarify that we want to use the Culture Club to enable and support your work.

Culture Club membership

Core membership

Project DirectorDr Sarah Essilfie-Quaye
PG Representative – (one of) Professor Laki Buluwela or Dr Sophie Rutschmann or Nousheen Tariq
UG Representative – Mr Martin Lupton
Clinical Research Training – (one of) Professor Jeremy Levy or Professor Waljit Dhillo
Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre – Dr Liz Elvidge
HR Representative – Elizabeth Ince

Additional membership

Research StrategyDr Shona Blair
Research Manager RepresentativeDr Chrystalla Orphanides
PGR Student Representative – TBC
Postdoctoral, Early Stage Representative –  TBC
Communications Representative – (One of) Rosie ShawAl McCartney or Ellyw Evans

Other relevant people will be brought in as needed to represent and/or report on pertinent activities and initiatives

Contact, get involved and

Contact us

We’ll be speaking to colleagues from across the Faculty but if you’d like to get in touch directly, please email us.

Get involved

The Culture Club is working the central College on the ‘Imperial Values’ project that’s aiming to re-establish what’s important to us as a College when we interact with each other, make decisions, and carry out our work.

There are many areas of opportunity and improvement that will be enriched from an organisation wide understanding and embedded approach to cultural developments and it is important that Faculty of Medicine voices are heard in this discussion.

We’d ask as many of you as possible to join one of the College’s focus groups taking place accross our campuses this spring – book your place now.

Related events

ImperialSAID (Scientists Advocating for Inclusivity and Diversity) is a seminar series to facilitate an understanding of EDI literature, provide a platform for minority researchers as role models and to unite staff and students in support of EDI.

  • 20 Feb |4-5pm | Disability in STEM | Lisa Philips
  • 5 March | 4-5pm | Women in Clinical Academia | Dr Vicky Salem
  • 12 March | 4-5pm | BAME in STEM: Do I belong? | Dr Wayne Mitchell
  • 2 April | 4-5pm | LGBTQ in STEM | Dr Nessa Carey
  • 15 April | 4-5pm | EDI for early career researchers | Dr Jess Wade