Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Update

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As part of the Research Councils UK Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan that was launched in 2016, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) established a new Mixed Gender Peer Review Policy.

The policy set out objectives to achieve mixed gender membership for all EPSRC prioritisation and interview panels, and at least 30 per cent membership by female panel members for all panels by April 2017.

Since then we are pleased to report that female panel membership has increased from 17 per cent in 2012/13 to 30 per cent in 2016/17 and have as a by-product of this policy seen a significant increase in the number of female panel chairs over the last five years.

We continue to work hard to achieve mixed gender panels, with less than six per cent of panels being single gender in 2016/17. This figure has been affected by factors such as unexpected panel member illness and attempts to find appropriate female panel members being unsuccessful.

We would like to thank all our panel members who have helped us to achieve this objective, particularly those that have helped on short notice and those who have particularly high pressures on their time.

Furthering equality, diversity and inclusion is a priority for EPSRC, fellow Research Councils and UK Research and Innovation, and the UK’s Research Councils will continue to work alongside organisations and researchers across the sector to make further progress across all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.

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