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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion

"Equality, diversity and inclusion is something I have cared about for as long as I can remember. At its most basic, I believe we should all be able to live and work in an environment in which we are enabled to thrive, in which we can make our contribution to the best of our ability, and in which we can feel valued for doing so.That is the vision."

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


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.

Where we stand

Our equality, diversity and inclusion policy

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Gaining perspectives

Meet the 11 members of UKRI's External Advisory Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Strengthening our approach

UKRI has commissioned three evidence reviews to help ensure research and innovation environments are safe, open and inclusive

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