Equality, diversity & inclusion

We embrace and value our diverse staff and student community, and embed inclusive practice across all operations. This as an essential element in enhancing LSHTM’s contribution to the improvement of health worldwide. We are committed to fostering a supportive, enabling and inclusive environment, where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, and where there is equality of opportunity for all regardless of characteristics or background.

Equality and diversity strategy

Equality, diversity and inclusion are the responsibility of all staff and students at LSHTM. Our equality and diversity strategy has the following priorities:

  • Promoting equality and diversity
  • Embedding equality and diversity into mainstream activities
  • Increasing knowledge and awareness of equality and diversity issues relating to staff and students and how to address these 
  • Making successful Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter Mark applications
  • Developing partnerships to involve staff and students in promoting equality and diversity activities throughout LSHTM

We are currently updating our EDI strategy. Details of how staff and students can get involved are on the intranet.

    LSHTM statement against racism as a result of COVID-19

    As a global institution with over 3,000 staff working across the world, at LSHTM we are proud to be members of diverse community in the world. LSHTM is committed to providing an inclusive education, research and working environment free from bullying and harassment, ensuring all staff and students are treated and treat others with respect, consideration, courtesy and dignity at all times. As a university and as a community we do not tolerate racism or harassment.

    We recognise that the vast majority of people share our values of respect, courtesy and dignity and that many people are supporting each other during these challenging times. We have been deeply concerned to hear reports of racial harassment and abuse both in the UK and around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These attacks are cowardly and ignorant and are causing stigma and discrimination against minority and marginalised groups. Coronavirus is not associated with, or more likely to be spread by, any one ethnic group or community. We are all just as likely to get the virus as each other.

    We have, therefore, published this statement to speak out against  these racist and xenophobic behaviours; and to stand together against hate crime. This is a time when we must work together and support each other - not create more division and hurt.

    Professor Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM
    Professor Umberto Dalessandro, Director of MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM
    Professor Pontiano Kaleebu, Director of MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

    Black Lives Matter

    Find out about our commitment and action plan to tackle racism and address inequalities on the Black Lives Matter page.

    Support and reporting for LSHTM staff and students

    We encourage anyone who has experienced or witness a hate incident to seek support and to report it. Any staff or students with concerns on this should contact their HR Partner or the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager ( If you are the victim of or have witnessed a hate incident or crime, find out how to report this and receive support (intranet). Additionally, UK police forces encourage those who have experienced hate incidents and hate crimes to report it and they take all reports very seriously. Report an incident to the police online or by calling 101. 

    Events, training and networks

    Selected past events 

    The following training courses and many others are available from the LSHTM training course booking platform.

    • Equality and Diversity in LSHTM - Addressing Issues Confidently
    • Overcoming Unconscious Bias in Higher Education

    Charters, awards and accreditations

    The Athena SWAN Charter 

    The Athena SWAN Charter aims to recognise the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. LSHTM is fully committed to the Charter and was awarded a Bronze award in 2018.

    Two Athena SWAN bronze award logos, and one Athena SWAN silver award logo

    Disability Confident

    We are positive about disable people and are a Disability Confident Employer. Read our Disability policy (pdf).

    Equality scheme review, adjustment request form and other related documents can be found on our EDI intranet pages.

    Stonewall Diversity Champion 

    We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion which celebrates the fact the we are committed to working to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff.


    Policies and reports



    The Equality Act 2010
    Equal opportunities employment data

    LSHTM equal opportunities employment data going back to 2002 is available on request.


    If you need advice or more information on equality, diversity and/or inclusion within LSHTM, please contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team (intranet).