Recognising that people perform best when they are able to ‘be themselves’, DoLS aims to create a working environment that is inclusive. All members of the department share the responsibility for achieving that.

The department’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Dr Kenji Okuse (interim Chair) is a forum where issues of equality, diversity and inclusion can be discussed and addressed. It inputs into the whole range of departmental activities to help instil a genuinely supportive culture.

Find out more about how the College is supporting equality and diversity.

Read a statement of equality, diversity and inclusion activities on the Faculty of Natural Sciences website.

Message from the Head of Department - Black Lives Matter

The Department of Life Sciences stands in solidarity against the systemic racism against black people and shares the shock and distress of yet another black life horrifically taken because of the colour of their skin. We mourn this tragedy with you: Black Lives Matter. 

Alongside our colleagues across departments, we have been identifying and dismantling structural barriers to allow more black people and other minority groups to enter and thrive in our world leading educational environment. This includes compiling large amounts of data over the last 18 months to prepare an application for the Race Equality Charter on behalf of Imperial College London. You can read more about this work on the our equality, diversity and inclusion website.

It is our responsibility to evaluate ourselves and our departmental practices daily for biases, prejudice and discrimination, be it overt or unconscious.

We are listening. So that we can take meaningful action, please share your experiences of racism and discrimination throughout your education and your career and suggest how we can make improvements via our DoLS Online Suggestion Box.

Professor Anne Dell CBE FRS FMedSci
Head of Department