Research Councils and UK Research and Innovation: Equality

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered at on 5 March 2024.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many staff in (a) UKRI and (b) each of the Research Councils have job titles which include the words (i) equality, (ii) diversity, (iii) inclusion, (iv) gender, (v) LGBT and (vi) race.

Photo of Andrew Griffith Andrew Griffith Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

UKRI’s workforce, including the Research Councils, consists of 8,733 people. Of this total, 22 have the search terms requested in their job title. Not all of the roles are full time.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all activities that support the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of the workforce, through the review of EDI spending announced last June. As stated in the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister for Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

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