Equality, diversity and inclusion

Our principles for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, with links to useful sources of information and guidance on supporting diverse and inclusive research and innovation.

Key principles

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion is a critical aspect of a healthy research culture – from how it’s designed, how it’s carried out and who is involved
  • Research and innovation should be ‘for everyone, by everyone’ – a dynamic, diverse and inclusive research and innovation system in the UK is an integral part of society and should give everyone the opportunity to participate and to benefit
  • We need to be diverse to accommodate that research and innovation is unpredictable, is often created through new and unanticipated combinations, and can take many forms
  • By recognising and nurturing all people in the system and diversifying interactions, we will enrich our lives by creating knowledge, enabling us to understand the world around us and empowering us to tackle the many challenges we face as individuals and as communities, nationally and globally
  • The whole workforce are key contributors in the research and innovation system – from the lead researcher or innovator, to those who keep the lights on or maintain the large infrastructure and equipment in our laboratories, small businesses or on our research vessels
  • By valuing all, we recognise that a diversity of ideas, opinions, knowledge and people enriches our work and enlarges our knowledge economy.

General policies and guidance

We have published two evidence reviews on equality, diversity and inclusion which have informed our forthcoming five-year plan to foster a more inclusive and diverse research and innovation environment.

The reviews, carried out by Advance HE on behalf of UKRI, establish a picture of what is currently known about the key challenges for equality, diversity and inclusion, both in the UK and internationally, and the effectiveness of different interventions and practices.

The following reports are available:

EDI review: UK (PDF, 1.8MB)

EDI review: international (PDF, 4MB)

Gender equality statement for international development research and innovation

It is mandatory for all applications to UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Newton Fund funding opportunities to include a gender equality statement. The following documents outline the UKRI statement requirements and include guidance on points to consider when developing gender sensitive research and innovation projects.

Gender equality statement guidance (PDF, 538KB)

Gender equality and international development research and innovation (PDF, 2MB)

Things to consider: incorporating gender equality into international development research and innovation (PDF, 220KB)

Gender-Sensitive Approach Toolkits

Please note these have not been developed by UKRI but may be a useful resource.

Gender-Sensitive Research: Designing Projects That Leave No-one Behind

Warwick University Toolkit for Integrating a Gender-Sensitive Approach into Research

Guidance on running events

You can also read a practical guide for event organisers, drawing on examples of best practice from across the university sector and beyond.

Guide to inclusive events (PDF, 3.4MB)

If you have any queries please contact: genderequality@ukri.org

Last updated: 29 March 2022

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