Welcome to Imperial’s guide for writing about ethnicity. It is intended as a resource for all Imperial staff and students who are writing official communications on behalf of the College.

The guidance is informed by these core principles: 

  • only refer to ethnicity if it is relevant  
  • be as specific as possible, avoid broad categories and labels  
  • focus on the person or group you’re communicating about 
  • respect how the person or group describes their identity 

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about this guidance, contact the Design and Editorial team at Style Guide (style DOT guide AT imperial.ac.uk) or on +44 (0)20 7594 6134. 

This guidance was last updated 17 November 2022. 

Our guidance for writing about ethnicity