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Strengthening our approach

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is committed to ensuring the research and innovation environments are safe, open and inclusive. To help this, we have announced the providers of three evidence reviews.

Review of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI): challenges and interventions in the UK context

The first review is to look at current challenges with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion in the research and innovation landscape in the UK, as well as interventions (specific strategies, policies and programmes, for example, and data capture strategies and practices) to promote EDI in research and innovation.

The aims of the review are to establish a current picture of what is known about the key challenges for EDI in the UK research and innovation landscape, and to develop an understanding of what works and what has proven less effective nationally, in order to identify and learn from effective practice. We will share the findings widely with policy makers and other stakeholders.

Advance HE has been commissioned to undertake this review. Find out more in this presentation (PDF, 1.9MB)

Review of Equality, diversity and inclusion: challenges and interventions in the International context

The second review is to look at current challenges internationally.

The aims of the review are to establish a current picture of the international research and innovation landscape  with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion, and to develop an understanding of what works and what has proven less effective internationally, in order to identify and learn from effective practice. We will share the findings widely with policy makers and other stakeholders.

Advance HE has been commissioned to undertake this review. Find out more in this presentation (PDF, 1.8MB)

Bullying and Harassment evidence review

The final review is for a research organisation or company to look into three main areas:

  • current challenges with respect to bullying and harassment in the research and innovation landscape (including in more challenging research environments) in the UK and internationally;
  • an overview of approaches to prevent and address bullying and harassment in research and innovation and/or other sectors, including, for example strategies, policies, procedures, activities, data capture practices and measures to boost disclosure rates; and
  • an assessment of the existing evidence for the effectiveness of those approaches and where the main gaps in knowledge in this area are. UKRI seeks to develop an understanding of what works and what has proven less effective nationally and internationally.

The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London has been commissioned to undertake this review. Find out more in this presentation (PDF, 2.6MB).

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 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.

When the seven research councils* previously worked together under RCUK, we collected information about the diversity characteristics of individuals applying to funding opportunities. This included information relating to the diversity of applicants, by gender, ethnicity, disability and age. An overview of the numbers of applications, awards and success rates by each grouping was published by RCUK each year, since 2011-12. The most recent release (April 2018) includes funding data for the period 2011-12 to 2016-17 and can be found here.

As UKRI, we are building on previous practice to align and enhance our data capabilities, analysis and usage of findings. Work is currently underway to harmonise and analyse funding data from the past five years, to identify any patterns or trends, and to improve our understanding of the role we play as a funder, and of the wider research and innovation communities.

Going forward, we will examine and publish information relating to the total number of applications received, and success rates by age, disability, gender and ethnicity of applicants and awardees – for UKRI as a whole and for each of the councils for which we have data. We will also analyse the funding amounts being applied for and awarded by diversity characteristics. We expect to make our findings publicly available in our first release in Autumn 2019, with annual updates thereafter. Work is also underway to increase the range and quality of data we are able to collect as our systems evolve, and we are working with our EDI External Advisory Group and wider stakeholders to challenge and inform our approach. We will also launch our data with additional resources in order to accelerate and support communities and stakeholders in accessing and understanding the data.

* The seven councils which have previously published results in the annual diversity data releases are AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC, with the most recent including data for 2016-17.