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Wellcome directly funds thousands of scientists and researchers around the world at every step of the way from discovery to impact. Our funding schemes offer grants across biomedical science, population health, medical innovation, humanities and social science, and public engagement.

We also identify areas in which Wellcome can lead significant change within five or ten years, aiming to transform the global response to some of today’s biggest health challenges.

We work with policy makers to ensure that good research is well supported, and that health is improved by changes to policies and practices based on evidence.

And we engage the public so that people are more aware of science and health research, and feel able to make the most of it in their own lives.


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Our Principles

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. To make this happen, we need a working culture that brings out the best in all of us. These new principles set out how we aspire to do things and what we should expect of one another.

We make it count

  • We use our talents, energy and resources in Wellcome’s best interests, to accomplish our mission of improving health
  • We make sure we know what counts as success and we focus on getting it done
  • We help each other take pride and pleasure in everything we achieve.

We act boldly

  • We use our initiative to make things happen, and we take ownership of our actions
  • We enable one another to make decisions, trusting our colleagues’ skills and judgement
  • We speak up and we speak honestly, being free with our praise, open about our concerns, and willing to listen.

We stretch ourselves

  • We’re always looking to improve, developing ourselves and our resilience, while keeping work and life in balance
  • We think creatively, challenging conventions if there’s a better way to get things done
  • We’re keen to try new things, in the knowledge that some will fail – and when they do, we learn and move on.

We pull together

  • We value our colleagues as people and treat each other fairly, with kindness and respect
  • We collaborate across Wellcome and beyond to achieve our aims, generously sharing our time, information and expertise
  • We take action to include a diverse mix of people and draw on one another’s perspectives, backgrounds and experience.



Diversity and Inclusion

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.


Benefits at Wellcome

List of all the benefits that Wellcome are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Gym Membership
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Annual Leave - 25 Days
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Paid Time for Volunteering in our Local Area
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial Incentives (Stocks, Share Options)
  • Give As You Earn
  • Health Assessment
  • Occupational Health
  • Staff Social Club
  • Subsidised Restaurant and Cafe
  • Wellcome Collection Discounts
  • Discounts Through Perkbox
  • Interest-Free Travel Season Ticket Loan
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