Equality at Imperial
At Imperial we recognise that equality of opportunity is absolutely essential to achieving excellence. We want to remove barriers, eliminate discrimination and make sure everyone in the College has the opportunity to develop their potential to the full."
Professor James Stirling
Imperial is committed to promoting and embedding equality and diversity throughout the College. The College's Equality Objectives 2014-2016 (pdf) provide an overarching plan over a two year period, and are published in accordance with Imperial's Public Sector Duty.
Equality and diversity forms an integral part of Imperial Expectations, the set of seven statements which articulate how the College expects its leaders, managers and supervisors to behave. We believe creating an equality, diverse and inclusive culture is every staff member's responsibility. We provide tools to empower staff to do this and ensure we are a welcoming employer.
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 Public Sector Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies to meet a General Duty. The Duty covers all protected groups (except Marriage and Civil Partnership) and Duty requires public bodies to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
The General Duty is supported by specific duties:
- publish equality objectives at least every four years
- publish information to demonstrate compliance with the equality duty, at least annually
Imperial monitors personal information by protected characteristics though ICIS. It is important to collect this data in order to create a clear picture of the College workforce so we can identify if all staff are being treated fairly. This data is reported through the College annual equality and diversity report, which provides an overview of activities, a summary of staff and student data, and recommendations and objectives for the future.