Inclusive Research Culture

Inclusive Research Culture

How we pursue research has become as important as the outcomes and impact of that research. EPSRC’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Research Challenges places inclusion as the first key priority. Early decisions on REF2028 replaced Environment with People & Culture, reducing the weighting on Outputs and making it clear the focus was on an inclusive culture. EqualEngineers have been at the forefront of a huge shift towards inclusion in both academia and industry. Our development programme helps STEM disciplines in universities make early progress on shifting their culture, establishing your department as a destination where diverse staff and research students belong and thrive. 

Training Outcomes

Training Tools and Mechanisms

We tailor the pattern of delivery to your needs. We have found an initial session embedded in an event focussed in strategy development can be most impactful, and encourages engagement in follow-up sessions to develop the skills needed to lead on inclusive culture development. Typically two sessions are sufficient to embed the learning, but universities often find additional sessions focussed on specific aspects useful. 

We employ a range of tools and mechanisms, depending on your needs, including: 

  • Defining and exploring concepts such as micro-aggression, privilege, diverse lived experiences, equity and prejudice  
  • Reflective work allowing participants to explore their own diversity stories and privileges  
  • Group work to examine the concepts introduced, for example to understand the impacts of assumptions   
  • Sharing stories that help participants learn about lived experiences that are not in their own lives  
  • As appropriate, touch on approaches such as being an active bystander, a diversity ally or leading diverse teams  
  • A tailored workbook for use between sessions, reinforcing some of the ideas and tools, and prompting further reflection that will inform the second session  
  • Facilitated culture mapping and action planning, for the Faculty, Departments or research groups  
  • Resources to support further learning, reflection and action planning on an individual basis 


Stewart Eyres

Higher Education Consultant

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