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UK Research and Innovation looks for experts on Equality, Diversity and inclusion


UK Research and Innovation has equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of its vision and mission. As part of this commitment, UKRI is building on the work of its constituent parts with the Research Councils today publishing their fourth annual update of diversity data 2018 alongside launching a call for an External Advisory Group.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation said:

“The publication of this data (PDF, 885KB) demonstrates differences across the sectors in the different protected characteristics, including age, gender and race. With the creation of UK Research and Innovation there is a real opportunity to build on this data collection, and we commit to include a similar data-set from Innovate UK by Spring 2019. We aspire to drive a culture that provides the best opportunities for individuals and teams of people from all backgrounds to thrive.  I am delighted to announce that to lead this important agenda, UK Research and Innovation has appointed Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, as the Executive Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.”

Alongside the appointment of Professor Rubin, UK Research and Innovation is taking several steps to meet the diversity challenges faced by the research and innovation community. Today (Thursday 10 May 2018) we also launch the recruitment of members for a new External Advisory Group.

Speaking of her role and of the creation of a new External Advisory Group, Professor Rubin said: “Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion extends from our c7000 staff to the research and innovation sector more widely. We are committed to developing and sustaining the culture and conditions for diverse graduate students, researchers, practitioners and research and innovation staff to thrive. I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair a new External Advisory Group which will see UK Research and Innovation develop an ambitious strategy and action plan by spring 2019. I encourage those with a collaborative and responsive approach and a commitment to making progress on equality, diversity and inclusion to apply for a role on this group”

The group will bring together both national and international experts from across the public, private and charitable sectors. UKRI will work with the Advisory Group to identify and prioritise areas to make the most progress on equality, diversity and inclusion and improve outcomes in this area.

For further information on applying for a role on the external advisory group then please click here (Word, 46KB)  (PDF, 606KB).

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