Allyship: what it means and how to best advocate inclusion & diversity in science

About this video

Allyship is vital to fostering a diverse and inclusive research environment. It is a continuous process where conscious and persistent efforts are made to advance the rights of marginalized groups. Being a good ally requires more than goodwill, but rather a full set of relevant knowledge and skills.

This module zooms into the role of an ally in promoting inclusion and diversity, sharing real examples from true personal experiences. You will come away with an understanding of how to be a better advocate for I&D.

About the presenter

Tom Welton

President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College London, Member of The Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board of Elsevier

Tom Welton is currently President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College London. He is the author of over 150 research papers, mostly on the structures and chemistry of ionic liquids and solutes in these.

Prior to this he was Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College (2014-2019), and before that Head of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College (2007-2014).

He is widely acknowledged to be a champion of diversity in science and was head of department when the Chemistry department at Imperial College won its first Athena SWAN Gold award. Together with Alison Roger of the University of Warwick, he founded the Irene Juliot-Curie conference series. He is a L’Oréal-UNESCO Male Champion for Women in Science, a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion advisory boards of both UKRI and Elsevier. In recognition of these activities, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017.