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Equality, diversity and inclusion

We aim to embed diversity in all we do as an investor, employer, and partner fully reflecting the communities in which we work in order to ensure we are accessing the best input, talent and perspectives.

UKRI External Advisory Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

UK Research and Innovation are working with an External Advisory Group to identify priority areas and improve outcomes in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.  Chaired by ESRC's Executive Chair, Professor Jennifer Rubin with Dr Karen Salt as the Advisory Group Deputy Chair, the group brings together national and international experts from the public, private and charitable sectors.

UKRI Evidence Reviews

As the largest public funder of research and innovation, UKRI are committed to transforming research and innovation environments in order to ensure that they are safe, open and inclusive.  In December 2019, UKRI published two evidence reviews on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  Conducted by Advance HE, these will inform the evidence-based approach we take to this area.

Read the UKRI UK EDI Evidence Review

Read the UKRI International EDI Evidence Review

Diversity data for all seven research councils

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its first set of harmonised diversity data for all seven research councils for the past five academic years.  This data will continue to be published annually, replacing the previously published individual datasets.

The dataset contains data on four protected characteristics (sex, age, ethnicity, disability) for

  • Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator grant applicants and awardees
  • Fellowship applicants and awardees
  • PhD studentship starts

Find out more and access the data

We value and promote an inclusive research community where diverse talent is used to advance discovery, develop skills and knowledge, and drive innovation in the UK.

Our aspiration is to:

  • be recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in equality and inclusion in the research community
  • eliminate unintentional bias from our systems, processes, behaviours and culture
  • recognise, learn from and work with our partners to create inclusive research communities.

Our Equality and diversity strategy 2014-2017 (see downloads) sets out three pillars of activity:

  1. BBSRC as an investor.
  2. BBSRC as a partner.
  3. BBSRC as an employer.

It articulates how we will work to achieve this vision, the targets we will set and what we want to achieve by March 2017. The strategy is supported by an equality, diversity and inclusion action plan (see downloads).

BBSRC, as part of UK Research and Innovation is making a key contribution to the achievement of the UKRI Action Plan for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (see external links) which has been endorsed by the Science Minister.