Equality and diversity

The ESRC is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all of our employees, applicants for employment or funding and in our interactions with external stakeholders. No eligible job applicant, employee or external stakeholder should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of disability, sex or gender re-assignment, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, or contractual and work roles. As set out in the RCUK Equality and Diversity Policy the ESRC as an employer is committed to eliminating unjustified discrimination; promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between employees; and encouraging diversity throughout its workforce.

As an organisation the ESRC promotes and values equality and diversity and recognises the need to recruit employees, award holders and students from the widest possible pool, to harness the benefits that a diverse population can bring. The potential rewards of diversity are highlighted in the RCUK Statement on Expectations for Equality and Diversity which sets out a commitment is required from institutions to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers.

The ESRC is currently reviewing and updating its equality action plan. This will set out how we will actively promote equality and diversity and will be used to assess progress towards improving this. The document will build on previous action plans, which can be found below.

Equality plans

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