Religion and belief
Under the Equality Act 2010 religion and belief is a protected characteristic, where:
- Religion means any religion and includes a reference to a lack of religion
- Belief means any religious or philosophical belief and includes a reference to a lack of belief
The Imperial Community
The College community consists of individuals from very varied religious backgrounds as well as individuals who have different beliefs and non-beliefs. The College is committed to accommodating where possible the individual needs that arise as a consequence of an individual's religion, belief or non-belief. Provision of prayer spaces, catering for different diets, and accommodating leave requests are just a few examples of ways that the College accommodates differences on the basis of religion, belief, and non–belief. Catering and Faith Based Dietary Practice (pdf) contains useful guidance from the Inter Faith Network for the UK on how to consider dietary requirements.
Imperial is equally committed to promoting greater understanding amongst people of different religions, beliefs and non – beliefs. As such it has a dedicated Chaplaincy service, through which an interfaith group and various staff and student faith networks operate.
Discrimination on the grounds of religion belief and non-belief will not be tolerated. The College will take very seriously reported instances of such occurrences. We offer a Understanding: Faith and Belief at Work training course for staff, which highlights legal responsibilities, good practise, and accommodation of religious differences is available for those who wish to learn more.