Equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) is integral to the culture of the CDT in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies and our academic Institutions.

Please find the University's values at the links below:

We draw on the diversity of our students, academics and industrial researchers and have established a culture that attracts, values and promotes talent regardless of protected characteristics.

We promote a culture in which everyone feels respected, comfortable, free from discrimination, valued and included.


ED&I Working Group at the CDT

The ED&I Working Group is a student-led initiative with representatives from the three partner institutions. The Group meets bi-monthly, with a focus on the delivery of our ED&I action plan. Prof. Gareth Williams at UCL is the ED&I lead, supported at an operational level by the CDT managers in each institution.


ED&I and CDT Governance

Positive role models for BME students enrolled in the CDT are actively facilitated at every stage of their PhD career. We aim to have gender balance and 20% BME representation on the CDT Management Group and Advisory Board.


ED&I and CDT Admissions 

Excellence and a desire to conduct world-leading research in pharmaceutical sciences will remain the key criteria for admission to the CDT.  

View more information on our recruitment and admission processes


ED&I and Student Experience

CDT supervisors and students will undertake training in unconscious bias, managing diversity, and dealing with reasonable adjustments, for instance to support students with a disability. Additional support is available for disabled students through EPSRC’s Disabled Student Allowance. There is a zero-tolerance policy towards bullying and harassment of any kind in the CDT.

The CDT supports flexible working patterns (e.g., through maternity leave) and adheres to Athena Swan best practice in limiting out of hours meetings and events.

Adjustments arising from a disability, or flexible working patterns to facilitate childcare are accommodated to the best of our ability.


ED&I and CDT Training Programme 

We seek to ensure gender parity in the speakers invited to our seminars and colloquia, and that gender balance and 20% of speakers are from a BME background.

All CDT students are required to take university-run courses in ED&I and unconscious bias during their time on the CDT, as part of their yearly development plans. 


ED&I Student Networks and Support 

We encourage our students to make use of the ED&I networks across the universities and are keen to expand our links through formal and informal opportunities.

Links to ED&I supports can be found below.