Equality, diversity and inclusion
Professor Jennifer Rubin on equality, diversity and inclusion within UK Research and Innovation
Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI's) vision.
We believe that equality, diversity and inclusion – of people and ideas – is integral to excellence in research and innovation, letting us access the best talent and nurture great ideas. We therefore embed equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels and in all that we do, both as an organisation and as a funder.
UKRI works to ensure that every employee is treated with dignity and respect. We will not accept bullying and harassment in any form and we are developing an action and engagement plan to ensure the UK research environment is safe, supportive and effective.
Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, is the UKRI Executive Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Rubin leads a team to identify barriers and challenges for equality, diversity and inclusion, build knowledge of what works in this addressing the issues, and support the development and implementation of effective practices across the sector and for our own staff.
UKRI has an External Advisory Group for equality, diversity and inclusion. The group works with us to identify and prioritise areas where we can make most progress.
How the research community is working to help our mental health
With growing concern about the far-reaching impact COVID-19 may have on people's mental health, and with Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) and its urgent theme of kindness, we take a look at the ways UK researchers and innovators are helping our mental health and wellbeing now and in the future.
A Technician Lens
By Kelly Vere, Director of Technical Skills and Strategy, University of Nottingham
December EDI update
To ensure we develop actions that deliver real impact, we commissioned two evidence reviews on equality, diversity and inclusion. These reviews, conducted for us by Advance HE, provide a rapid snapshot of the key challenges regarding EDI in the UK and internationally and an assessment of the interventions in this space and their effectiveness.
Response to Science and Technology Committee
UKRI has responded to an initial data request from the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into the impact of science funding policy on equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
Recognition, justice and development
AHRC networks support UN's International Decade for People of African Descent
Bullying and Harassment
In a world class research and innovation sector there is no place for bullying and harassment.
Strengthening our approach
UKRI has commissioned three evidence reviews to help ensure research and innovation environments are safe, open and inclusive