The research project

Studies have shown that a sense of community and cohesion within a group is essential for fostering a positive and supportive environment. Most of the published research discusses educational settings In educational settings, building and sustaining relationships among students and name interactions between staff and students is crucial for a successful learning environment. One way to enhance this sense of community is by correctly pronouncing each student's name, it shows respect and acknowledgement of their identity. There seems to be little available research that addresses interactions around name pronunciation in the workforce.

Why Imperial?

Imperial is a global community of staff and students. To support the university's global ambitions and values the Say My Name at Imperial project aims to raise awareness of the issues around everyday name interactions in a HE setting. Including staff within the scope of the project will help address gaps in the published research.


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