Equality and Diversity

The MRC LMS is committed to creating equality of opportunity to all members of the organisation, regardless of their background, and promoting diversity and inclusivity. We observe the Medical Research Council’s Equality and Diversity Vision, which sets out the MRC’s commitment to fulfil its obligations as a public body under the Equality Act 2010.

Diversity is essential to excellence in scientific endeavour. Everyone at our institute shares in the responsibility to actively promote dignity, respect, inclusivity and equal treatment.


As part of UKRI, LMS is a Disability Confident employer – part of a Government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

We are helping to challenge attitudes towards disability, increase understanding, remove barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions and ensuring disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations.

Our employees may also be support by the Able@Imperial staff network for disability and disability supporters.


The LMS provides support for our employees, students and their allies through Imperial College London’s ‘Imperial600’ network.


As part of UKRI, the LMS has reaffirmed its commitment to address issues of racial and ethnic inequality.

The LMS promotes participation in the Imperial as One staff network – an advisory group made up of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) staff. The network supports and promotes an inclusive workplace culture of respect, opportunity, unity, transparency, equality, and will continually tackle and manage issues of racism, discrimination, fear and prejudice.


The LMS was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2017 and remain committed to addressing unconscious bias and developing an inclusive culture that allows people and science to reach their full potential.

The LMS is also committed to promoting the stories of women in STEM through our engagement program, but especially through our women in STEM awards scheme, Suffrage Science.

Additionally, you can read the Gender Pay Report published by our parent organisation UKRI in 2019.

Caring Responsibilities

As part of its commitment to wellbeing and supporting employees with caring responsibilities, the LMS has partnered with My Family Care. My Family Care is the UK’s leader in delivering family-friendly backup care.

There are many resources, entitlements and family-friendly policies available to members of the Institute. Including shared parental leave, on-site holiday camps for children.

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