Open prejudice against his sexuality has seen the career of a Yorkshire academic slowly wither

“The fight for LGBTQ+ equality has not been won.”

“at an awayday, (my line manager) told the team that “there are gay people around”

“One by one, the doors of career progression were slammed in my face.”

“These are the figures for absence,” he resumed, holding up a chart. “We are here.” He pointed at one figure, before moving his finger to another. “And I want to be here”. That was the end of my return-to-work interview.”

“When I’m away, he’s in charge! He owns you!”

“… my line manager kept piling on the teaching hours, until my load became one of the heaviest in the university”

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Equality In Research


Research Councils Launch Action Plan to Drive Cultural Change in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, recognising its leadership role in driving a change in culture.

This follows RCUK’s Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity, published in 2013, and outlines our ambitions to lead by example in ensuring a diverse workforce; challenge bias and work towards fair and inclusive funding processes; and lead and support change in our research community. Work has already begun with the roll-out of unconscious bias training for peer reviewers and funding decision-makers.

Alongside this, RCUK have today published its annual data on grants and fellowships applications and success rates by gender, ethnicity and age. This year’s dataset includes doctoral students as well as co-investigators.

Professor Andrew Thompson, RCUK Equality and Diversity Champion and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), said: “Every one of us working in the research sector is unique, and we all add something special to our work and our working relationships. Building a depth of diversity in an organisation can generate new ideas and challenge existing ways of working. That said, equality of opportunity and the recognition and celebration of diversity are not always present; individuals may still face discrimination because of their gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and age among others. Keeping the UK as a leading global research nation means using talent, skills and knowledge from everywhere – and guarding and acting against discrimination. The Research Councils look forward to working in partnership with universities and other key stakeholders to change cultures and practices to increase diversity in the research workforce.”

A number of activities will be taking place over the coming months to take forward the action plan. RCUK will be engaging with the research community through a number of external events to help shape the way we implement the actions set out in this plan as well as raise awareness of the critical importance of equality, diversity and inclusion within the sector.

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