Equality, diversity and inclusion

EPSRC aims to support a diverse and inclusive research environment where there is equal access to opportunities. Our objective is to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all that we do, ensuring that the activities we support and the research that we fund drives change in our community, and supports a system that is inclusive for everyone. We are working towards achieving an equal, diverse and inclusive environment where all individuals are able to thrive by adapting and monitoring our current processes and trialling new and innovative approaches.

EDI is one of the priorities in EPSRC’s delivery plan. It sets out our ambition to create a research environment which fully supports equality, diversity and inclusion for all.

Read about the membership and goals of the EPSRC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Advisory Group.

We are working together as part of UKRI to better understand and address the diversity challenges that we face. Find out more about UKRI’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Contact EPSRC about EDI

Email: inclusionmatters@epsrc.ukri.org

Collecting and analysing diversity data

Every year EPSRC publishes diversity data on applications, awards and award rates along with UKRI partner organisations. In addition, we publish diversity data on our peer review process including the EPSRC Peer Review College, reviewers and panel members.

Evolving and upholding fairness in peer review

Peer review is an integral part of EPSRC’s work as a funder of research. We are continually evolving the peer review process to ensure fairness, and have made a number of changes to improve access to funding opportunities.

Inclusion Matters

To accelerate the pace of culture change and challenge current thinking, EPSRC works with partners through our innovative inclusion matters projects. These ambitious and inspiring projects aim to support change across the sector.

Gender diversity in our large grant portfolio

Underrepresentation of women in the engineering and physical sciences remains one of our greatest EDI challenges, with gender diversity in our large grant portfolio an area of particular concern.

Ethnicity and race equality in our portfolio

Underrepresentation of researchers from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds in the engineering and physical sciences and, in particular, in our grant and doctoral training portfolio and in our advisory and governance groups, is one of our major EDI challenges.

Expectations of equality, diversity and inclusion

Our EDI expectations guide aims to help the engineering and physical sciences community to identify and address the specific EDI barriers in their own environment by taking into account differences such as location, discipline, role, and career stage.

Equality impact assessments

We use equality impact assessments (EIAs) as part of an evidence-based approach to help ensure our policies, practices, events and decision-making processes are fair and do not present barriers to participation.

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