Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is one of the four core strands of our strategy. Unlike the other three, EDI is not a separate workstream. It is fundamental to everything that we do, so we embed  inclusive behaviours and practices in all our approaches, activities, and decisions.

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Forum is an opportunity to discuss progress against the Diversity and Inclusion Progression Framework 2.0 and other efforts to make science more accessible. It is chaired by our Diversity Champion, Dr Jade Hall, and showcases work by all our members. If you are working on EDI at one of our member bodies and would like to attend, please contact Brian Wagenbach, Member Engagement Manager.

The Science Council Declaration on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Science Council Declaration on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion was developed with Members and first launched in 2014. All Members sign up to the Declaration, which has led to the development of strategies, action plans and an increase in resources dedicated to engagement and culture change.

‘By living the values of equity, diversity and inclusion, and critically assessing and acknowledging the inequalities that exist, the Science Council and its member bodies will create greater opportunity for any individual to fulfil their scientific potential, irrespective of their background or circumstances. In so doing it will also help science to better serve society by attracting the widest possible talent to the science workforce and fostering a greater diversity of scientific ideas, research and technology.’

Diversity and Inclusion Progression Framework 2.0

The Framework is a practical tool that supports professional bodies to assess and monitor their progress on diversity and inclusion. It assesses practice in relation to eight functions against a four-level maturing model. The aim is to support discussion, initiation, planning and assessment of diversity and inclusion work.

Progression Framework Benchmarking Reports

The Science Council has set itself a strategic ambition to work towards a science workforce that reflects the diversity of society. You can learn more about progress towards that goal in our benchmarking reports.