Equality and diversity

The ESRC is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all of its applicants for employment and funding, award holders and employees. As set out in The Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of a ‘protected characteristic’.

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. It recognises the need to recruit employees, award holders and students from the widest possible applicant pool, and 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 as an organisation the ESRC 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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