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Dame Heather McGregor, our EDI champion, has developed the IDRIC EDI Strategy, which outlines the activities IDRIC is implementing to monitor and improve EDI in all its forms from 2021 to 2024. Our strategy includes these three specific interventions:
A media showcase of IDRIC individuals who are currently involved in or supporting industrial decarbonisation research (2022-2023)
Workshops on the subject of disability in research careers – highlighting how to support people with disabilities.
Closely engaging with Career Ready to facilitate pathways for careers in industrial decarbonisation to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
One of the most critical activities IDRIC is conducting is a baseline analysis of those employed in the IDRIC research community. Results from our first EDI survey, from December 2021, showed that 11% of people experienced a long-term condition that significantly affected them. This is more than twice the national average
Survey participants suggested practical strategies to foster a more inclusive workplace culture, such as sharing the agenda before a meeting. This would enable people time to process and prepare their thoughts and ideas, and implementing this would allow a broader range of perspectives to be heard.
By creating innovative solutions, we can provide better support for all employees.
You can’t be what you can’t see is a video project that will be used with partners in education and mentoring programmes. The three to seven minute videos showcase the diversity of individuals currently involved with research relating to industrial decarbonisation. The main aim of the video series will be to encourage career choices across all student identities, at the university entry and exit stage.
Here you can preview the videos that will be used in our outreach programmes. They give a sense of the diverse career routes taken by people currently working in partnership with IDRIC.
We would love to hear from IDRIC researchers or IDRIC individuals supporting industrial decarbonisation research who would like to get involved with this intervention. Please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are particularly grateful to the students from Ark Acton Academy who have made a significant contribution to the questions posed, so far.
Disclaimer: Please note that all images used in the video footage are for illustrative purposes only.
General EDI Resources →
A report by UKRI about improving EDI
Career Ready is a national social mobility charity who builds network of employers, educators and volunteers across the UK to give young people career support.
Inspiring Girls is an organisation dedicated to raising the aspirations of girls around the world by connecting them with female role models from all walks of life.
EDI in supply chains: Greenstone – a sustainable software company
How to Source diverse suppliers – CIPD
Making recruitment supply chains more diverse, equal and inclusive – Guidant
Equality & Diversity UK – free and paid for resources and courses
HQN – free and paid for resources and courses
InEquilibrium – open access resources
Inclusive Employers: Inclusion Podcasts
Future Workforce →