Focus on an inclusive research environment

We often believe that discrimination is something that nasty people are doing. Unconscious bias is bias that nice people are doing” Tinu Cornish, ECU

Equality and diversity is a term used to define and champion equality, diversity and human rights as defining values of society. It promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

With only 21% UK professors being female and 0.4% of UK professors being black, it is clear that there remains a long way to go.

Below, you will find a list of upcoming activities and resources devoted to the topic of the equality and diversity in research.

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Concordat community consultation

As part of the current focus-on topic we would like to invite you to take part in the Concordat community consultation. The consultation has been commissioned by the Concordat Expert Review Panel who are conducting the ten-year review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. In order to develop the pipeline of research talent globally, the well-being of researchers is clearly of paramount importance so take part and let us know your views. Take part in the consultation click here

See our full listing of focus on topics for Vitae members.

Look out for our next Twitter #vitaechat "Balancing caring responsibilities with a research career" on Tuesday 5 December from 12 until 1pm

Essential reading

Essential reading

Actions for all 10 practical actions to address equality and diversity

Every Researcher Counts Dedicated resources, case studies and briefings to improve understanding of equality and diversity issues amongst those who support and manage researchers in higher education institutions.

Women in research 2016 Leaflet summarising the current situation on the gender balance within academia in the UK and Europe. It also highlights the gender differences in ‘What do research staff do next?’ (2016), which explored why and how former research staff move to occupations beyond academic research

Five Steps Forward Report documenting progress in implementing The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and is based on successive Careers in Research Online Surveys (CROS) and Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Surveys (PIRLS).

One Size Does Not Fit All Report uncovering inequalities in development opportunities amongst doctoral researchers; in particular, part-time or distance students, mature learners, individuals with disabilities or mental health issues, and those with caring responsibilities. Similarly, Early career researchers (ECRs) receive highly unequal levels of career development support, in particular those on teaching-only contracts.

Resources for researchers

Resources for researchers

Preparing for your professional development conversations Providing a framework for potentially difficult conversations, this guide will help you to reflect on your needs, particularly around equality and diversity. It is designed to enable open conversations arounds such issues as work life balance and well-being in order to ensure that these issues are considered holistically and as an integral part of any review

Part-time researchers on film Nine successful part-time researchers from a range of disciplines and career stages answer questions about doing a doctorate on a part-time basis. They give tips and advice for prospective and current part-time researchers and their supervisors.

A guide to flexible working for research staff This guide provides an overview of some of the key aspects of flexible working and the considerations required from the perspective of the researcher.

Resources for supervisors and PIs

Resources for supervisors and PIs

Every Researcher Counts briefing for principal investigators This briefing provides information for principal investigators, research group leaders and managers of research staff who work in a development, leadership or management role, with research staff

A guide to flexible working for research staff: The principal investigator perspective Vitae Every Researcher Counts: A guide to flexible working: The principal investigator perspective provides an overview of some of the key aspects of flexible working and the considerations required from the principal investigator perspective

Mentoring scheme for under-represented groups A case study of a mentoring programme at Sheffield Hallam University to support female academics wishing to progress their career to professorship status.

Case studies and practical advice for staff supporting disabled researchers

Look out for…

Look out for…

#Vitaechat Our next Twitter chat “Balancing caring responsibilities with a research career” will be held on Tuesday 5 December and will consider the ups and downs of parenting and caring in academia.

Vitae blog Our upcoming blog posts will explore issues relating to supporting the wellbeing and mental health of doctoral researchers as well as the challenges of juggling caring responsibilities with research commitments such as conferences.

15 Minutes to develop your research career podcast

The next instalment of our podcast series in collaboration with Taylor & Francis, “Research life: the unspoken barriers”, will be released later this year. This episode will feature interviews with Alison Mitchell (Vitae), Tinu Cornish (Equality Challenge Unit), and Anna Slater (Liverpool). Listen to this podcast to find out:

  • the significance of gender in the research landscape
  • barriers facing researchers from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • challenges of research staff taking parental leave
  • what support is available
  • what practical steps you can take to support your colleagues