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Women in Science: Ensuring Excellence with Impact

RCUK Welcomes the Select Committee report on Women in Scientific Careers

Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the report published today (6 February) by the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology on Women in Scientific Careers.

We recognise the Committee’s positive views on the RCUK Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity. We expect, those in receipt of our funding, to:

  • promote and lead cultural change in relation to equalities and diversity
  • engage staff at all levels with improving the promotion of equality and diversity
  • ensure all members of the research workforce are trained and supported to address disincentives and indirect obstacles to recruitment, retention and progression in research careers
  • provide evidence of ways in which equality and diversity issues are managed at both an institutional and department level

The Committee’s recommendation that other research funders publish similar expectations will stimulate further action by universities.

RCUK looks forward to making a full response to the report recommendations in due course.

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Further information

Nicholas Turner
Press and Communications Manager
Tel: 01793 444592 or email: Nicholas Turner

Notes to editors

  1. The report Women in scientific careers is available here.

  2. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations.

    The seven UK Research Councils are:

    • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
    • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
    • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
    • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
    • Medical Research Council (MRC);
    • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
    • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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