Equality and diversity

The Department of Medicine along with the wider College community, aim to promote and embrace all aspects of equality and disability support to confirm that the Department is a welcoming and equitable place to work.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre is mandated to promote and entrench all aspects of equality throughout the College’s communities. The Equality and Diversity unit provides information on the Equality Act 2010, as well as specific information, advice and support for the protected characteristics AgeDisabilityGenderRaceReligious BeliefSexual Orientation & Transgender. 

Imperial Diversity Pledge

To be successful the College has to attract and retain the best staff and students. Our objective is that all of our staff and students (including women, black and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and disabled) should be appropriately represented at all levels of the College.

Our Pledge to you, our staff and students, is that we will take all necessary steps to bring this about by:

  • Identifying and addressing any barriers faced in education, career opportunities, personal development and promotion
  • Creating a culture where all staff and students feel valued and respected and in which those with family and caring responsibilities enjoy full equality of opportunity
  • Monitoring our progress toward the achievement of our Pledge and publishing the results

Imperial's commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion

Take a look at the Equality, diversity and inclusion or Health and Wellbeing webpages on the College website.


  • Calibre leadership programme is a talent development and leadership programme for staff who identify as neurodiverse or disabled, or who have a long term physical or mental health condition.
  • IMPACT development programme (Imperial Positive About Cultural Talent) is a talent development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff.

Menopause Workplace Pledge

The Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction is proud to have signed up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge. In signing up, we commit to:

  1. Recognising that the menopause can be an issue in the workplace and women need our support 
  2. Talking openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause
  3. Committing to actively support and inform our employees affected by the menopause.

The Menopause Workplace Pledge was launched in 2021 by Wellbeing of Women in collaboration with Hello! Magazine and Bupa to call on employers to take positive action and support everyone going through the menopause. Employers who sign the pledge are committing to: recognising that the menopause is an issue in the workplace and women need support; to talk openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause; and to actively support and inform employees affected by the menopause.

In the UK, there are nearly 5 million women working aged between 50-64 years. The majority of these women will go through the menopause, which frequently coincides with the peak of their careers, a time when they are at their most successful and productive. Employers can play a key and important role in helping women to manage their health and wellbeing at this stage in life. By doing so, organisations can help to ensure a gender-equal working environment, support women to reach their potential and benefit from the enormous expertise and experience that they contribute to the workplace. When we get it right for women, everyone benefits, both in the workplace and beyond.

The college offers information and support for staff going through the Menopause