Equality Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The GW4-CAT Programme is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles in every aspect of the programme, from our recruitment and selection process to the training, support and guidance offered to our fellows. We also expect everyone involved in our programme; fellows, supervisors, support staff and governance groups to uphold our equality, diversity and inclusion principles.

To promote EDI within as a programme we undertake the following:

Recruitment

  1. Ensure our processes for recruitment, assessment and selection of fellows and supervisors are transparent and encourage diversity, equality and inclusivity.
  2. Use procedures to promote and encourage excellent candidates from as wide and diverse a pool as possible.
  3. Adhere to EDI principles throughout the recruitment process.
  4. Require selection and interview panellists to have undertaken annual EDI and unconscious bias training.
  5. Where possible aim for ethnic diversity and gender representation for all interview panels.

Programme Governance

  1. Reflect diversity in the composition and operation of our programme governance groups.
  2. Include EDI as a standing item on agendas of all programme governance group meetings.
  3. Share and promote EDI best practice across our partnership institutions.

Training and Supervision

  1. Expect our supervisors to support an inclusive and positive research culture demonstrably and wholeheartedly, with evidence of current equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), bullying and harassment and unconscious bias training.
  2. Aim to achieve a diverse range of speakers and trainers for training activities.
  3. Consider EDI when designing and implementing training activities.

Advertising and monitoring

  1. Promote EDI within all GW4-CAT advertising and marketing materials.
  2. Monitor EDI data in line with the Wellcome’s Diversity and Inclusion survey questions (DAISY) for applicants and appointees.
  3. Display recruitment and appointee EDI data on our website.
  4. Report EDI data to the Management, Steering and Advisory Boards.

Working Environment

  1. Foster a positive and inclusive research culture, through robust EDI practices.
  2. Enable the highest standards of research integrity through support and formal training.
  3. Provide an inclusive set of role models, including existing fellows, supervisors, speakers and mentors.
  4. Enable flexibility to ensure fellows can balance their clinical and training needs with personal commitments supported by their institutions, supervisors and mentors.
  5. Contribute to the cost of care provision for fellows attending meetings, conferences and training courses.

The Future

  1. Continue to encourage promising trainees of all backgrounds to consider academic training, including through schemes such as INSPIRE.
  2. Actively publicise the flexibility offered in our programme.
  3. Formalise EDI Champions within the GW4-CAT Programme governance groups and the GW4-CAT Hub.
  4. Explore innovative approaches for training to support students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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