Research Councils UK (RCUK) is committed to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers.
A statement of RCUK Expectations for Equality and Diversity (issued on 17 January 2013) is available here.
RCUK are at present reviewing the collection and publication of data to ensure that we can assess how effective our policies and procedures are in promoting equal opportunities, both as funders of research and as employers.
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.
Data on grants awarded and success rates by gender and age is available here
RCUK have produced a briefing relating to Maternity, Paternity, shared parental leave and Adoption Leave and Pay from the Terms and Conditions of Grants and Training Grants, the RCUK Training Grant Guide and Research Council Funding Guides. A copy is available to download here
RCUK have been considering Council Membership and following an event concentrating on improving gender diversity of members the outcomes of the event and resultant action plan are available here
RCUK have commissioned a short film showing current and former members of a number of the Research Council boards talking about their experiences as a member, the benefits, how they have contributed; and what is required as a member. The film emphasises the need for a diverse membership on our respective Councils, and can be viewed here.
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