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Strengthening our approach

Strengthening our approach

 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is committed to transforming research and innovation environments in order to ensure that they are safe, open and inclusive. To help us develop the actions to achieve this, we commissioned three evidence reviews: one on Bullying and Harassment and two on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) focused on different regions.

Review of EDI: challenges and interventions

UKRI commissioned Advance HE to undertake two evidence reviews to assess what is currently known about the key challenges for equality, diversity and inclusion, and to develop an understanding of what types of interventions work and what has proven less effective.

The first review focuses on the UK and the second review provides an international (PDF, 3.9MB) context.

Both reviews identify strategies that deliver effective change and identify gaps in understanding. The findings have helped shape our EDI vision and forward plan, due to be published in early 2020, and will continue to inform our work in this area.

Bullying and Harassment evidence review

UKRI commissioned the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London (KCL) to look at the challenges with respect to bullying and harassment and to provide an overview of the effectiveness of approaches being used to address and tackle the issue. The findings of the evidence review (PDF, 3.3MB), published in October 2019, have informed the development of UKRI’s position statement on bullying and harassment (PDF, 981KB).

Improving our use of data

UKRI is committed to transparency of and accountability for where our funding goes, and how funding decisions are made. We believe that it is important to analyse the data we have regarding the diversity of applicants and awardees of funding decisions, and to use findings to guide our actions in support of equality, diversity and inclusion in research and innovation.

In June 2020 we published the first set of harmonised diversity data for all seven research councils for the past five academic years, replacing the previous approach which saw councils release individual datasets (PDF, 885KB).

The dataset contains data on four protected characteristics (sex, age, ethnicity, disability) for

  • Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator grant applicants and awardees
  • Fellowship applicants and awardees
  • PhD studentship starts

For the first time, we also published information on how award values vary across the different groups. UKRI has set out to further enhance its data capabilities by collecting data on additional characteristics as well as through advanced forms of data analysis to better understand trends. More details on the new approach and our ambitions are included in the data narrative report (PDF). (PDF, 600KB)