Athena SWAN

The Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in 2009 in recognition of good practice towards the advancement of gender equality in our department. Our award was renewed in 2014 and recently in 2018 under the new post-2015 criteria.

Find out more about our Athena SWAN award and initiatives.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is committed to providing a supportive, equal and inclusive environment for both staff and students. Current staff members can find detailed information about the available support in the department on our Departmental intranet.

Equality, diversity and inclusivity

We are proud to be a diverse community and we value the contributions of all our members. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee is a dedicated team whose role is to actively maintaining and developing a positive culture and identifying and acting opportunities to raise awareness of EDI issues in the Department.

We are committed to ensuring that people of all backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply to work and study with us and, once they have arrived, are support in their roles and their long-term career ambitions. We have produced a statement on racism that outlines our intolerance for any kind of racism in the department and signposts anyone experiencing racism to pathways for support.

Our former Head of Department Professor Nilay Shah chairs the Imperial College London History Group which will examine the history of the College through its links to the British Empire and report on the present understanding and reception of the College’s legacy and heritage in the context of its present-day mission.

Support for parents

Imperial College London provides a range of support for parents, including generous leave allowances, shared parental leave, a Parent Buddy Scheme and other networks, and a flexible working policy. There is also a nursery on-site for children between six months and five years of age. Visit the Supporting you and your family pages for further information. The Department also offers childcare vouchers (current staff can access further information on the Departmental intranet).

The Department encourages academic staff to apply for the Elsie Widdowson Fellowship award. The Fellowships are for academic staff (male or female) returning to work following maternity, adoption and/or shared parental leave and allows the Department to relieve the academic of teaching or administrative duties in order to concentrate fully on research.

Health and wellbeing

We encourage staff and students to have a healthy work-life balance and support flexible working through the College’s flexible working policy. The College offers a range of benefits to support mental health and wellbeing, including free counselling. For more information about available support see the Health and Wellbeing pages.

The Department has two Mental Health First Aiders and encourages members to seek support if they need it from their colleagues, friends and specialist services. We also have a strong sense of community and arrange events throughout the year to provide opportunities for socialising and fun, including a Christmas Party, Summer BBQ, monthly staff mixers and special projects such as the gardening group.

Support for people with disabilities

Imperial is a Disability Confident Leader - this means we are committed to recruiting and supporting disabled staff, and ensuring they can thrive. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre supports and advises staff with disabilities and their managers, including on reasonable adjustments. It also organises Calibre, a talent development and leadership programme for staff who identify as neurodiverse or disabled, or who have a long term physical or mental health condition.


Imperial College London is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination – especially direct and indirect forms of harassment, bullying and victimisation. You can find detailed information on the Support for Staff pages.

As a Department, we do not accept any forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation and we encourage anyone who may be experiencing it to report it so that we can take action. We have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, whose role is to proactively identify issues and opportunities for change within the department, to support a diverse and inclusive environment. We also have a clear statement on racism that outlines our commitment to our community by ensuring that racism has no place in the department.