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Equality and Diversity

STFC is committed to equality and diversity as an employer, as a decision maker and as a funder. This is because we believe that equality and diversity should be embedded within our core business. The research councils have worked together to develop an ambitious Equality & Diversity (E&D) Action Plan and STFC has developed its own Action Plan to reflect STFC's own commitment.

STFC's E&D Action Plan and strategy explains our vision and the actions we plan to take in order to create the conditions which will attract and retain the best possible researchers, employees and decision makers to deliver STFC's vision of maximising the impact of our science and technology for the benefit of the UK and its people. Our three strategic goals of delivering world-class research, innovation and skills are how we are delivering this impact.

The UK Research and Innovation diversity Action Plan is available on the Diversity page of the UKRI website.

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

Last updated: 21 October 2020

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