Together tackling the under-representation of early career Black scientists in the UK

Black male doing lab experiment

It is increasingly recognised that enhanced diversity supports aspirations for excellence in research, science and technology globally. There is growing evidence that greater diversity within any workforce and more inclusive working cultures support increased innovation and creativity.

Our understanding of how the research environment and culture impact on the experiences and progression of researchers from some minority ethnic backgrounds, is increasing. Much of the current focus is on access to doctoral study, not what happens further into research careers. Recent studies have evidenced that UK STEM researchers of ethnic minority background are under-represented in higher education (HE) and the under-representation in particular of Black scientists within (HE) research careers is acute in many disciplines.

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Are people up for confronting, frankly, the lack of  adequate progress?” Greg Clark, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee  at its recent  Diversity in STEM enquiry

With support from the Elsevier Foundation and Vitae, this new project aims to establish the right priorities for support to enhance the progression of Black early career researchers. It will identify effective practice and interventions.  

Initially, sandpit-type events will be held to help shape ideas, the opportunity to gain funding for initiatives in UK institutions. As the project evolves, the effect and impact of the initiatives funded will be assessed. Curated examples of innovative practice devised under the funding will also be made available as a platform for public conversation and ongoing practice sharing. 

It is essential that this project draws on our community and co-creation. If you are interested in being involved in this project or have ideas around initiatives, or would like to find out more,  please let us know using the form below and we will keep you updated as more announcements are made:

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The ‘Environment and culture’ Researcher Development Concordat Principle recognises that a proactive and collaborative approach is required between all stakeholders, to create and develop positive environments and cultures in which all researchers can flourish and achieve their full potential.”