What is the EDI Expert Advisory Group (EAG)?
The purpose of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Expert Advisory Group is to provide expert external advice and guidance to BBSRC on its approach to improving EDI in the bioscience research and innovation community. This group was established in January 2022 and was approved for continuation by People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel in January 2023.
The BBSRC EDI Advisory Group consists of 12 members.
Across the membership of the EDI EAG, the following knowledge, expertise and skills is represented:
- demonstrable understanding and interest in EDI or research culture issues, including one or more of the following:
- knowledge of EDI challenges across the research and innovation community and how this relates to BBSRC’s role in improving EDI in the biosciences
- knowledge of EDI challenges within a particular region, sector (for example, academia, industry or other research institute), or research area (for example, one of BBSRC’s strategic research priority areas)
- knowledge of EDI challenges for a particular career stage (for example, postgraduate students, early career researchers or research leaders)
- in-depth knowledge of UKRI-BBSRC systems, processes or strategic development (for example, through participation in a BBSRC panel or committee)
What does the EDI EAG do?
The EDI EAG provides external oversight of BBSRC’s EDI workplan in the context of the UKRI EDI strategy and BBSRC strategic delivery plan, including:
- acting as a ‘critical friend’ in challenging BBSRC’s work
- acting as advocates for EDI in the biosciences and for BBSRC work in this area
- ensuring that BBSRC activities align with UKRI and BBSRC priorities in this area and support a balanced portfolio of activities which have the greatest impact for the BBSRC community
- identify and prioritise the key EDI issues in the biosciences and provide advice on what BBSRC could do to help address these challenges in the short and longer terms
- provide oversight on BBSRC’s EDI evidence base to identify areas for intervention or further investigation, to include for example:
- advising on ongoing or future evidence requirements
- identifying any specific EDI issues that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and how these could be resolved in the short and longer terms
- advising on the role of existing BBSRC investment mechanisms in improving EDI or gathering evidence, for example; fellowships, studentships, new researchers, strategic longer and larger grants, institute strategic programmes, and others
Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion external advisory group members: