Disability and mental health
The Department of Chemistry is committed to providing support to all staff and students to ensure they can maximise their potential and progress regardless of any disability. We encourage staff and students to request reasonable adjustments to their work/study environment.
Our Department EDI Training policy includes the College's Disability In the Workplace course as part of our recommended training.
Accessibility was also central to the thinking around the design of our new White City campus. We have ensured step-free access to the building including to our new lecture theatre and all key departmental facilities. Each laboratory is also equipped with an adjustable height fume cupboard.
Able@Imperial is a network for staff with both visible and invisible disabilities and their managers as well as all those supportive of disability equality in the workplace. Able@Imperial provide support for disabled staff and their managers and run a supportive grouping for networking, events and informal coffee morning sessions.
Looking after our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. As a Department, we recognise that people’s mental health may change over time and we are mindful of creating an environment for work and study which promotes good mental health.
Our induction processes highlight where our staff and students can access free, confidential support for their mental health in College. In order to gain Gold EDI Training status in the Department, staff must have completed the 2 day Mental Health First-Aider course.
Neurodiversity covers a range of commonly co-occurring conditions related to processing or cognitive differences. Imperial has a range of resources for both neurodiverse individuals to help them access any support they may need and for managers of neurodivergent staff.
In 2020, the Neurodiversity in Albertopolis network was launched headed by Professor Sara Rankin from Imperial. This network consists of neurodiverse staff and students from across institutions located around Exhibition Road. The network hold events for both neurodiverse individuals and their allies.