We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all applicants for either employment or funding, our grant holders and our employees. As established 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
  • equality of opportunity and good relations between employees
  • encouraging diversity throughout our workforce.

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

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