Equality and diversity

The Department of Surgery & Cancer along with the wider College community, aim to promote and embrace all aspects of equality and disability support to confirm that the Department is a welcoming and equitable place to work.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre is mandated to promote and entrench all aspects of equality throughout the College’s communities. The Equality and Diversity unit provides information on the Equality Act 2010, as well as specific information, advice and support for the protected characteristics AgeDisabilityGenderRaceReligious BeliefSexual Orientation & Transgender. 

Imperial Diversity Pledge

To be successful the College has to attract and retain the best staff and students. Our objective is that all of our staff and students (including women, black and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and disabled) should be appropriately represented at all levels of the College.

Our Pledge to you, our staff and students, is that we will take all necessary steps to bring this about by:

  • Identifying and addressing any barriers faced in education, career opportunities, personal development and promotion
  • Creating a culture where all staff and students feel valued and respected and in which those with family and caring responsibilities enjoy full equality of opportunity
  • Monitoring our progress toward the achievement of our Pledge and publishing the results

Imperial's commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion

Take a look at the Equality, diversity and inclusion or Health and Wellbeing webpages on the College website.


  • Calibre leadership programme is 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.
  • IMPACT development programme (Imperial Positive About Cultural Talent) is a talent development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff.
  • Unconscious Bias training is a non-judgemental approach which offers an opportunity to increase self-awareness, learn new information, with the aim to identify actions to foster equal opportunity and begin to address individual and organisational biases.
  • Equality, Diversity and inclusion online course is a course to help recognise that equality of opportunity is absolutely essential to achieving excellence. We want to remove barriers, eliminate discrimination, and make sure everyone in the College has the opportunity to develop their potential to the full
  • LGBTQ+ awareness this course aims to extend participants’ knowledge and understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.