Imperial College London is committed to supporting expectant parents and parents with children of any age to obtain a good work life balance, excelling at work whilst enjoying being a parent at home.

This site aims to provide all relevant policies and information related to being a parent at Imperial in one place and enables you to build networks with your colleagues which will provide mutual support.

Finding the ideal balance between work and home can make a significant difference to your family relationships and your success at work and we hope that this website helps you in achieving this.

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Working Families

In 2016 the College became a member of  Working Families which is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation.  The charity helps working parents, carers and their employers to find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.   The College has now won several Working Families awards in recognition of its support to working parents:-

  • Best for all Stages of Fatherhood in 2017
  • Working Families Top Employers Benchmark in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  The benchmark measures the full range of flexible working and work-life balance practices used by members and how these are integrated into the organisation’s values, policies and culture. 
  • The College took part in the benchmark in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with over 120 organisations taking part, and was placed in the Top 30 all times winning awards for its family friendly initiatives.
  • We are pleased to announce that in 2020, the College was placed in the Top 10 Employers for Working Families.

Equality & Human Rights Commission

The College is a member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission whose ‘Working Forward’ initiative is a nationwide campaign, backed by some of the UK’s leading businesses and industry bodies, to make workplaces the best they can be for pregnant women and new parents.  As a member, the College has access to resource, materials and toolkits to make experiences better for pregnant women and new parents.