Imperial College London’s mission is to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society. To ensure delivery of our mission, this framework sets out how to consider where work can be delivered either in a College location[1] (onsite), via a mix of College location and remote working (termed ‘hybrid’) or, exceptionally, remote only. 

This framework applies to staff within all job families and has been developed to support managers and staff when reviewing and determining a staff member’s work location, including the frequency and pattern of remote or College location working. Leaders and managers are expected to adopt the below framework in a fair, equitable and transparent way that suits the operational requirements of their areas.

We consulted widely with staff, managers, students, and College network representatives. We received a broad range of views and have used the information to inform the framework. 

The 'Transition and Learn' learning period has now ended, and the College is moving into the third ‘Ambition’ phase where we will continue to review, improve and establish our future ambitions for working arrangements. 

As such, the work location framework will be implemented from the start of the 2022/23 academic year on a trial basis and will be reviewed early in 2023. The framework does not form part of any contract of employment or other contract to provide services and the College may amend it at any stage, including varying/increasing the minimum expectations about time spent onsite.


Staff are expected to undertake their role in line with the Imperial Values and Behaviours. The College’s Values are at the very centre of our work and guide our behaviour as a community, across all parts of the College. This framework aims to protect and promote our Values of Respect, Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity and Innovation.


  • The College Mission will underpin our decisions about work location and work patterns.
  • We will deliver and achieve our mission by supporting education, research and our wider College activities in person and online.
  • We are committed to maintaining a supportive and positive culture in line with our values, which support a diverse and vibrant environment where our staff and students feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be active participants in the College community onsite.
  • The Provost’s Board supports local areas in making transparent decisions based on their departmental operational and academic needs, requirements of the role and the aspirations of their teams and members of staff.
  • We will be open and flexible when considering ways of working to deliver the College mission and team objectives and expect the same from staff including the need to be flexible/change arrangements should operational requirements change.
  • We will engage in inclusive, open and transparent discussions with individuals and teams before arriving at a decision.
  • We will respect individual circumstances, including workplace adjustments and support staff to balance their work and home lives.
  • We will continually review and learn from our experiences to evolve our working practices.


[1] Includes other external sites/locations that staff travel to as part of their work