Research Published on Diversity in Science

The Bridge Group has released a report examining diversity at Wellcome, with respect to its recruitment and grant awarding practices.

The report has significant, wider implications for the science sector in relation to diversity in the scientific community.

An executive summary of the report is available here.

Details about how its findings and recommendations fit in with Wellcome’s wider work in this area is available here.

The research was undertaken in collaboration with with the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University, and the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice at the University of York.

Wellcome is the world’s second largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research, with an endowment of around £20 billion. It exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, supporting thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world. The report explores Wellcome’s recruitment and grant awarding processes, by adopting a mixed methods approach, including analysis of application data and interviews with internal and external stakeholders. It also identifies effective practice at peer organisations, considers the way in which Wellcome currently approaches data capture and analysis, and provides a series of practicable recommendations.

Lauren Couch, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Wellcome, commented: “This research from the Bridge Group has been critical to the development of Wellcome’s approach to diversity and inclusion, and will continue to inform the development of our action plan. It has been a pleasure working with such a professional and passionate team, and we look forward to continuing our relationship.”

Bridge Group Director, Nicholas Miller, added: “Wellcome is uniquely placed to galvanise other funders and recruiters to make change across the system. Leading by example, and leveraging its position of influence, Wellcome can enable colleagues throughout the scientific and research communities to realise the multiple advantages of diversity, and pave the way for increased understanding of the positive impact of a more diverse workforce on scientific outcomes.”