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Equality and diversity 

We believe that our strength comes from combining what we have in common – our shared goals and values – with what makes each of us different.

Our equal opportunities policy statement outlines our commitment to giving all staff and students equal access to recruitment and selection, promotion and career development regardless of your age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, race, religion or belief, parenting or marital status.

We set annual equality objectives and report on our progress through our Annual Equality Report.

  • The Black, Asian and minority ethnic forum at the ICR and the Royal Marsden provides a space to discuss issues and push for initiatives that can help promote diversity and drive greater equality in our workplaces.
  • Our joint ICR and Royal Marsden Disabilities Network Support seeks feedback to continue to improve the provisions and adjustments we make for disabled students and staff.
  • We have a network of trained wellbeing advisers and student confidants, who provide an informal listening ear for staff and students.

These activities are taken forward through our Equality Excellence programme which combines our equality initiatives and highlights how they support the scientific work of the ICR in line with our values.

IHRA working definition of antisemitism

In February 2021 the ICR's Board of Trustees agreed that the ICR would adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism with immediate effect. This supports the ICR’s commitments to promote equality and diversity and to prevent discrimination on grounds of race, religion, or other protected characteristics 

The IHRA working definition of antisemitism is as follows:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” 

The working definition and examples of anti-Semitic behaviour can be found on the IHRA website.

In this section:

Women in science

Our aim is to create a supportive work environment and provide good career support for both women and men, and to remove any unnecessary barriers to career progression for all.

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BAME Forum

The Forum for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic brings together all our staff and students to meet and help promote diversity and drive greater equality in our workplaces.

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LGBT+ Network

The LGBT+ Network provides a space for staff and students to meet with colleagues and allies to share experiences and highlight issues that may affect LGBT+ staff, students and patients.

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