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Take PRIDE in research and innovation

Take PRIDE in research and innovation

 

Take PRIDE in Research and Innovation banner

Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI’s) vision. 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 value and significance of the LGBTQ+ community to research and innovation cannot be overlooked. We recognise that representation and visibility is an essential part of equality, diversity and inclusion. As such, this campaign is fundamentally about highlighting stories.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a broad range of perspectives from the UKRI LGBTQ+ community. We’ve been truly humbled by the willingness of our colleagues to participate, share and engage in our campaign and their openness in sharing both their challenges and successes.

Through these discussions we’ve gained valuable insight of the LGBTQ+ community at UKRI.

Below are some initial perspectives, which will be added to going forward.

We take Pride in research and innovation.

Our discussion podcast

Dr Phil Carvil hosts a panel discussion with Dr Izzy Jayasinghe, Harsh Pershad and Professor Tom Welton. The panellists share their personal stories and discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ role models and being able to bring your whole self to work, the challenges they witness, and the value of diverse teams in research and innovation.

UKRI: Take Pride in Research and Innovation – Discussion Podcast (Credit: UKRI)
Podcast transcript (PDF, 139KB)

Take Pride in research and innovation - video

Contributors from across UK Research and Innovation speak about the importance of being able to bring your whole self to work, the progress of LGBTQ+ equality and representation in the research and innovation sector, and the importance of diversity in research and innovation teams.

With thanks to all our contributors: Alan Cross, Josh Newman, Izzy Jayasinghe, Kim Hackett, Tim Willis, Jack Smith and Nick Warr.

 

Alex's story

Alex Marsh, Director of Strategy at UKRI shares his experiences of the research and innovation sector. Alex discusses the importance of being able to bring your whole self to work, the work still to do to progress the rights of LGBTQ+ people globally, and the importance of greater diversity in research and development teams.

UKRI: Take Pride in Research and Innovation – Alex Marsh (Credit: UKRI) 
Alex Marsh video transcript (PDF, 55KB)

Kim's story

Kim Hackett, Director of the Research Excellence Framework at Research England discusses the importance of Pride both personally and to wider society, the value of diversity in the research and innovation sector, and her hopes for the future of LGBTQ+ equality across our community.

UKRI: Take Pride in research and innovation – Kim Hackett (Credit: UKRI)
Kim Hacket video transcript (Word, 20KB)

Alan’s story

We hear from Alan Cross, ESA Business Applications Regional Ambassador, STFC, Daresbury who shares his experiences of getting into the innovation sector and discusses the vital importance of LGBTQ+ role models and the value of diversity in research and innovation teams.

UKRI: Take Pride in research and innovation – Alan Cross (Credit: UKRI)
Alan Cross video transcript (PDF, 62KB)

 

A look ahead to LGBTSTEM Day

Our commitment to Pride is ongoing as we foster equal, inclusive and accessible research and innovation environments. Over the coming months we will be sharing more stories from our wider community and look forward to LGBTSTEM Day on 18th November. (PDF, 22KB)