Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Equality & Diversity

Staff Equalities Networks

Staff Equalities Networks

UCL’s staff equalities networks are open to all staff. They are places where people with shared identities and backgrounds can connect with colleagues and make positive change across the university.

We would like to ask managers and heads of department to promote UCL's range of staff networks. There are a range of networks open to all staff at UCL, these include:

We strongly encourage managers to allow staff the time to attend network events and meetings, as these events can have a direct impact on career development and networking across the institution.

Learn more about the networks


Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officers

The Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officers are:

Guidance for Managers 

Mental Health Guidance for Managers

UCL Mental Health Guidance for Managers - PDF (provided by UCL Equalities & Diversity and Occupational Health & Wellbeing)

Supporting and Managing Diverse Teams

UCL has a diverse community of staff and students that makes UCL a dynamic and innovative place to work and study. There may be occasions where mangers need guidance or advice so that they are able to support diverse teams, for example if a colleague is dealing with mental health issues, trying to balance their work and family life or worried about discussing their sexuality at work.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team have developed a range of guidance documents for managers on a number of topics including supporting LGBT staff, staff with disabilities, or parents and carers.

These guidance documents are available on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team website - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/corporate/support_for_managers.php

Please take some time to read these guidance documents and share them with colleagues in your departments.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team by email - hr.equalities@ucl.ac.uk

How to respond to incidents reported by staff or students

(e.g. discrimination, harassment, bullying)
UCL Diversity Calendar

View UCL’s Diversity Calendar which includes a list of important religious events. Please do consider this when planning events that involve staff, students or the public.

Useful Links:

•    Religion & Belief: guidance for UCL managers

•    Religion & Belief Equality Policy for Students

•    Supporting Muslim staff during Ramadan

•    Jewish holidays and festivals

•    Calendar Labs

Family Support

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Useful information and advice for new parents including the full Maternity and Paternity leave policies, an online maternity leave calculator, support helpline and details on the UCL rest room for new mothers

You are advised to make an appointment with your Department Manager as soon as possible so that they can assist you with completion of your maternity / paternity leave application and answer any queries you may have.  If your Department Manager is not available please contact Terri Charrier, HR Lead for the Institute who may be able to assist you instead.

Breastfeeding on Return to Work

Useful information for those contemplating breastfeeding at work (including breast milk storage, private accommodation and flexible working options) can be found here.

Maternity Restrooms

Rest rooms for New and Expectant Mothers can be found here

Childcare Facilities at UCL

See here for information on the UCL tax efficient 'salary sacrifice' scheme for members of staff with children at the UCL Daytime Nursery (contact details for the Day Nursery can be found here).

Childcare Voucher Scheme

Childcare vouchers are a Government scheme designed to help parents afford high quality childcare. UCL operates a Childcare Voucher scheme with Kiddivouchers Ltd. This is a benefit that lets parents make substantial savings against the cost of their childcare. You can use childcare vouchers for many different kinds of childcare, ranging from nurseries and childminders through to out-of-school activities, breakfast clubs and afterschool care for older children.

Further information can be found here.

UCL Financial Support for Students with Dependents

There are a number of sources of financial support available for students with dependents. The type of support relevant to you can depend on a number of factors such as your status as a student, your nationality, your course and your financial status.Further information can be found here.

Leave for Domestic and Personal Reasons

This policy covers all types of leave ranging from Bereavement Leave to Carers Leave (which can apply to an employees own children, next of kin, partners and parents/parents of partners).

Further information can be found here.

UCL Sabbatical Leave Policy and Guidance

This policy (here) defines sabbatical leave, the parameters within which academic staff may access this leave and the process to be followed when applying for sabbatical leave.

Unpaid Leave of Absence

The procedures and guidance to follow when planning Career Breaks, Unpaid Carers Leave and Unpaid Parental Leave, can be found here.

Work Life Balance Policy

UCL acknowledges that its staff are most productive when they have achieved a work-life balance that enables them to meet their responsibilities outside work. UCL's Work Life Balancy Policy (found here), provides a framework within which departments can consider how best to enable staff to achieve an effective balance between work and life outside the workplace. This framework incorporates UCL's statutory responsibility to consider requests for flexible working to enable staff to care for young children or dependent adults.

Guidance on supporting working Parents and Carers

3 million people in the UK juggle paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities: 1 in 7 people in any workforce. Looking after dependants is an issue that is likely to affect the majority of the workforce at some point in their working lives, particularly as people are living longer.

UCL has a long history of being inclusive. For this value to have meaning today it is crucial that it is translated into the 21st century working environment. What this means in this context is that every effort should be made to support those with responsibilities outside work to achieve a sustainable work-life balance.

As a forward-looking institution UCL has a role to play in transforming traditional gender roles so that men feel empowered to play an active role in supporting their partners by looking after their young families and other dependants. We recognise that the family unit is very different from twenty or thirty years ago and that there are more lone parents, gay parents, step families and other non-traditional arrangements.

UCL's new guidance (found here - PDF) looks at the working rights and entitlements for staff with dependants, specific UCL policies to aid staff to work flexibly as well as a number of case studies and suggestions to help managers to support staff with dependants.

Additional Support for Employees

Here you will find details relating to the UCL Careers Service for Research Staff, the UCL Employee Assistance Scheme (this is a free confidential advice service for both yourself and your family) and UCL Occupational Health which is also a free service that helps to promote physical and psychological well being and prevent illness and injury arising from work activity.

UCL PACT (Parents And Carers Together) Network

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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care holds an Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. 

To find out more information, please visit the Institute's Athena SWAN webpage.