Embracing diversity and inclusion is fundamental to delivering our mission to improve health, and we are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment for the people work here and those we work with. As we learn more about barriers that disadvantage certain groups from progressing in our workplace, we will remove them.
We are updating our policies and providing training to support the people we employ. We’re also making changes to our recruitment and selection processes to ensure we can continue to attract people from all backgrounds, and achieve our goals
Three ways we are taking action...
1. Making UK science more inclusive:
We’re funding research to understand more about the causes of inequality within science, and making our grants more flexible to accommodate diverse needs, like providing adjustments for disabled applicants.
We’ll also introduce innovative ways to measure, evaluate, incentivise and embed good practice in diversity and inclusion, and share what we learn with others.
With the Francis Crick Institute and GlaxoSmithKline, we’ve launched a network called EDIS (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health Research)
Which aims to inspire and encourage the UK scientific community to make equality and diversity a top priority.
2. Engaging a wider range of people with science and health:
We’ll continue to engage people from all walks of life through our work in education and public engagement. We’re planning to build on the great work Wellcome Collection has already done to make its https://wellcomecollection.org/access to different audiences.
We partner with organisations like BBC Children in Need and the Brilliant Club to spark young people’s curiosity in science and inspire more of them to see themselves as scientists in future.
Leading by example
As one of the biggest funders of science and research in the UK, we want to lead by example. We know we’re not as inclusive as we could be. We’re enhancing our recruitment process, introducing bias awareness training, and investing in a seed fund to support people to develop their own ideas for making Wellcome more inclusive.