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Diversity

Research and Innovation are enhanced when everyone involved is treated with dignity and respect and has the opportunity to succeed. The RCUK commitment is to equality and diversity in the widest legal and good practice scope; however, we may, from time to time, focus on certain aspects of diversity. To recognise this, RCUK have an agreed set of principles which complement the RCUK action plan and Statement of Expectation.

Principles

  1. RCUK expects that equality and diversity is embedded at all levels and in all aspects of research practice. 
  2. Individuals and organisations in receipt of Research Council funding are expected to promote and lead culture change in relation to equality and diversity; training, supporting and evidencing good practice.
  3. RCUK will aim to be consistent in our strategy and expectations as a funder, employer and strategic partner, using common schemes and benchmarks, such as Athena SWAN and HESA data.
  4. RCUK will seek appropriate advice to develop our policies and plans.  This means we will bring in other perspectives and there is more chance that our actions will be effective.
  5. RCUK will commission and engage with relevant research and wider social policy development; building on evidence and current thinking relevant to equality and diversity.
  6. Priorities and actions will be underpinned and monitored using robust data and evidence.   RCUK will establish action plans and set clear targets.  Our actions will be open to scrutiny and audit.
  7. RCUK is committed to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. Our ambition is for RCUK to be recognised as a leader in equality and diversity in the research community, working with partners throughout the sector to drive a cultural change in equality, diversity and inclusion. 

RCUK is committed to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. Our ambition is for RCUK to be recognised as a leader in equality and diversity in the research community, working with partners throughout the sector to drive a cultural change in equality, diversity and inclusion. 

RCUK Action Plan on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

To meet this ambition, the Research Councils have together developed an action plan (launched on 4 May 2016), which represents the collective aspiration of the Research Councils and will be supported by individual Research Council plans setting out more specific targets as appropriate.

The Action Plan is available here .

It follows RCUK’s Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity , published on 17 January 2013, and outlines our ambitions to lead by example in ensuring a diverse workforce; challenge bias and work towards fair and inclusive funding processes; and lead and support change in the research sector.

Data

The second annual publication of Research Councils’ diversity data on applications and awards can be found here .

It includes an update of previously published data on grant and fellowship applications and success rates by gender, ethnicity and age to include 2014/15 data. This year’s dataset has also been extended to include doctoral student population data and co-investigator data. It forms part of our action plan to tackle equality, diversity and inclusion issues in research. We are committed to using our diversity data to assess how effective our policies and procedures are in promoting equal opportunities and will continue to update and publish this data annually.

Data on the board and committee membership applications and awards by gender is available here .

The Sustainability of the UK research workforce report by Research Councils UK also contains an analysis of the participation by females from undergraduate to professor by broad discipline, is available here.

Trend data on grants awarded and success rates by age and gender comparing large and standard grants is available here .

 


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