We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all of our applicants for employment and funding, award holders and employees. As set out in The Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of a 'protected characteristic'.

As an employer we are committed to:

  • eliminating unjustified discrimination
  • promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between employees
  • encouraging diversity throughout our workforce.

As an organisation we promote and value equality and diversity. We recognise the need to recruit employees, award holders and students from the widest possible applicant pool, and the benefits that a diverse population can bring.

The potential rewards of diversity are highlighted in the research councils' statement on Expectations for Equality and Diversity (PDF) (external website) which sets out that a commitment is required from institutions to ensure that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. This statement has now been built on by a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan. We are working closely with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Equality and Diversity Group and are developing an implementation plan to sit alongside the UKRI action plan with some ESRC specific actions.