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We will provide a supportive environment that enables our staff and students to succeed individually and collectively in delivering outstanding research and education.

Imperial is one of the UK's most international universities. Imperial’s global collaborations, discoveries and networks are transforming lives and creating opportunity in the UK and around the world. As a world-leading department, the Department of Materials relies on being able to attract, support and retain the very best staff and students. We value and celebrate this diversity in our workforce as a key strength, and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where every individual can reach their full potential. Our code of conduct outlines the standard of behaviour that all staff are expected to champion. Active Bystander and  Unconscious Bias training have been introduced for all staff and students during induction.

The Department of Materials has held an Athena SWAN Silver Award since 2010 in recognition of our work to promote gender equality, and this work is now being extended to consider all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) through the Equality, Diversity and Culture (EDC) committee.

 We welcome questions, feedback and ideas to the EDC committee, please send an email to the EDC Committee. 

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Materials EDC Committee / Athena SWAN submission

Find out more about the role and remit of the departmental Equality, Diversity and Culture (EDC) Committee

Our Department has been recognised with an Athena SWAN silver award since 2010

Support for Bullying and Harassment

There are a number of ways to take action against discrimination, harassment and bullying. 

  • Report anonymously via Report and Support. Disclose anonymously or with your details, which will put you in contact with a College advisor.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre

Imperial College London has a dedicated Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre (EDIC). EDIC works to promote and embed all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout Imperial.

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Flexible Working/Family Friendly

All Imperial employees, not just parents and carers, have the legal right to request flexible working.

Mental Health Support and Information

As a Department we want to create a community that values mental wellbeing, supports those who are facing challenges, and constantly adapts to the changing pressures we all experience.

Resources for Students

The Imperial Student Support Zone provides practical advice and support for students to be and feel at their best.

Dr Andrew Carins has introduced rainbow lanyards in the Department to support our LGBTQ+ community.

From January 2021, Naomi Jackson-Macfarlane is available to provide confidential support for BAME students across the Faculty of Engineering. To book, please email Naomi at: n.jackson-macfarlane@imperial.ac.uk.