Equality, diversity and inclusion
UK researchers and innovators explain why equality, diversity and inclusion is vital for the research and development to thrive (Credit: UKRI)
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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.
Inclusivity in the performance arts
A number of pioneering projects at the University of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD) are championing inclusivity and accessibility within the performance arts industry.
Take PRIDE in research and innovation
This year, we’re showing our support of LGBTQ+ Pride, both in our organisation and across the wider UK research and innovation sector, through our 'Take PRIDE in Research and Innovation' campaign.
The importance of open diversity data
By Dan Hodges, Deputy Director of Analysis, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Gender Pay Report 2019
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its 2019 Gender Pay Gap Report.
Notice of a joint funding competition to reduce inequalities in postgraduate research study
This is advance notice of the intention of Research England (RE) and the Office for Students (OfS) to launch a joint funding competition to improve access and participation for black, Asian and minority ethnicity postgraduate research students in autumn 2020.
Preventing harm policy for safe research and innovation environments
As the UK's largest funder of research and innovation, UKRI is committed to playing a leading role in ensuring the highest possible standards across the research and innovation landscape to ensure safe, exploitation-free environments for all, and has published its 'Preventing harm (safeguarding) in research and innovation policy' to support organisations achieve this.
Pilot scheme launches for EDI fellowships
A new pilot scheme will fund a number of fellowships aimed at arts and humanities researchers working in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
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.
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.
Tackling bullying and harassment
As the UKRI Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, I believe it is crucial that we use our position as the UK’s main public funder to promote a research environment in which respect and the wellbeing of all are a priority.