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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 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 early 2020, 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.