Gender (sex) is the protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 that refers to a man or woman.

Women now make up virtually 50 percent of the workforce in Britain. However, there is widespread recognition that women are not represented in the same numbers as men at the top of UK organisations, that pay discrimination still exists after 30 years since the Equal Pay Act came into force, and that occupational segregation ensures that the type of jobs women tend to get into remains relatively restricted.

Athena SWAN

Through our long-running involvement with Athena SWAN, Imperial is working to level the playing field for all men and women, and will continue to proactively eliminate all unfair discrimination. The Academic Gender Strategy Committee and the Athena Committee oversee and coordinate Athena SWAN activity in College.

Imperial is one of only a few universities to have achieved an institutional Silver Athena SWAN award, and was the first to achieve Silver on the expanded post-May 2015 criteria. We are also proud of our activity at a departmental level, with 16 departments holding Athena SWAN awards.

Family and Childcare at Imperial

In 2013, Su Nandy, Deputy Head of Faculty Operations, Engineering, carried out a College Maternity Survey. As a result a number of recommendations based on the Survey have been implemented by College to supplement existing support, including an additional childcare support schemematernity mentoring, and workshops for parents.

You can find out more information and details of the support Imperial provides on the Parents' Network website.