The Institute of Zoology is an independent research organisation and part of the Science Directorate of the Zoological Society of London, and, as such, supports the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion vision articulated in the Society’s statement.

As a Higher Education Institution, we believe that a sense of belonging should exist for all staff and students, empowering them to freely share ideas and experience, as well as to foster innovative and creative solutions. We are therefore committed to supporting the development of a dynamic, flexible, equal, diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes, attracts and retains this diversity.

Our four-pillar framework outlines a vision where equality, diversity, and inclusion are considered in every aspect of the Institute’s activities and functioning. We seek to achieve this vision through:

Inclusive and diverse representation

We strive to maximise diversity in all aspects of the Institute’s work and governance structures, at all times. We actively promote the emergence of a more diverse community of conservation scientists through the learning, mentoring and work opportunities we offer.

Transparent and equitable science

We seek to engage local scientists and local communities with our science on an equitable basis, both nationally and internationally; to support research capacity building whenever possible, and to co-develop research projects that directly benefit local scientists and communities. We endeavour to acknowledge, value and celebrate the contributions of all individuals, organisations and communities to our achievements, past and present.

Outreach and Engagement

We are committed to run events, meetings and other outreach activities that embrace the diversity of scientists and improve the visibility and representation of underrepresented groups in conservation.

Oversight and Accountability

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee works to ensure that the Institute of Zoology provides a fair, transparent and supportive work environment for all. To this end, this Committee conducts regular audits; develops and oversees the implementation of the Institute’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan; and provides recommendations to senior management. 

Last reviewed in 2021.

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