We will build a supportive, diverse, inclusive and highly motivated staff community across all disciplines, functions and activities.

This will help us to attract and retain the talented and diverse staff we need to achieve our mission.

We need to harness our collective strength to deliver our mission. This requires a supportive, diverse and considerate community based on inclusivity, mutual respect and a commitment to excellence. The framework of Imperial expectations and values guides the behaviour of all our staff.

In action

Actions in detail

  • We will provide opportunities for all staff to progress their careers at the College, and recognize all staff for their contributions to the College’s mission.
  • We will create an environment which is respectful, kind and collaborative and has zero tolerance for bullying and harassment.
  • We will share more broadly the impact and achievements of our staff across all disciplines, functions and activities so that their work and contribution to our mission is recognised and celebrated.
  • We will create an equitable environment for work and study that values diversity and promotes inclusion through the actions in our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
  • We will strive to promote good mental health and a healthy work-life balance.
  • We will promote sustainable working practices across our College community.

Case study

Commitment to continuous improvement and an equitable experience

Athena lectureeImperial was a founder member of the Athena SWAN Charter in 2005 and achieved a Bronze institutional award in 2009. We successfully submitted for Silver in November 2012. Imperial was the first to achieve institutional Silver on the expanded criteria in 2016. All departments at Imperial are on the Athena journey, with the vast majority holding awards.

In January 2018 Imperial became a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC). Run by AdvanceHE, REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students within higher education. REC provide a rigorous framework for us to identify, analyse and overcome institutional and cultural barriers for our BAME staff and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for an award. We publicly launched our REC work at our 2018 Black History Month Lecture, The Importance of diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) delivered by Chi Onwurah MP.

Imperial successfully became a Disability Confident Leader in 2019. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. The Disability Confident scheme has taken over from the previous Two Ticks scheme for which Imperial originally gained accreditation in April 2012.

To help Imperial develop as an organisation that is fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ people, we participate in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. This scheme provides a benchmark against which we assess how we are doing. The Stonewall Index requires organisations to undergo a review process, producing a report and action plan.