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EPSRC Reference: EP/S012206/1
Title: Northern Power: Making Engineering and Physical Sciences Research a Domain for All in the North of England
Principal Investigator: Bain, Professor CD
Other Investigators:
Kuznesof, Dr S Phillips, Dr C Dimitrova, Prof. V
Penlington, Dr R Cramman, Dr H Rankin, Professor J
Scott, Professor S Flynn, Professor EG Gardiner, Professor SA
Holmes, Mr J Dyson, Dr J
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Project Partners:
Atom Bank plc GTN Ltd Northumbrian Water Group plc
Sage (UK) Ltd Stanley Black and Decker
Department: Vice Chancellor's Office
Organisation: Durham, University of
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 December 2018 Ends: 31 August 2021 Value (£): 591,463
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Jun 2018 Inclusion Matters Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Our vision, as a consortium of nine Universities and six Industrial Partners, is to shape an actively inclusive culture in the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) community that supports, drives and sustains greater equality for all, including traditionally under-represented groups (e.g., women, disabled people, LGBT+, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) researchers). Having identified seven critical challenges to this vision (lack of role models; a leaky pipeline; inequity in opportunities; lack of synergy in initiatives; lack of understanding of barriers by some senior leaders; poor data; and poor analysis of progress), we outline six activities designed to address them: shared-characteristic mentoring; reverse mentoring; an on-line networking platform; leadership and networking development; collaboration with industry; better data capture; and better analysis. The critical feature of this bid is that we will pool opportunities and experience across our consortium to better meet the needs of groups underrepresented in EPS. As a result of this inclusive culture, a wider pool of talented individuals will be able to successfully progress within the EPS community and these resulting diverse perspectives will ultimately produce better science to address complex and important global challenges.

HEI partners: Durham University, Lancaster University, Leeds Beckett University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Teesside University, University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, and Leeds University.

Industrial Partners: Atom Bank, Stanley Black and Decker, IBM, GTN Ltd., Northumbrian Water Ltd. and SAGE.

Our consortium of nine HEIs, from a wide base but all based in the North of England, and six industrial partners, from a range of EPS-facing domains, are all committed to continuous improvement with regard to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in EPS. Our aim is to take a collaborative approach, drawing together resources, opportunities, experience and best practice to build a consolidated arena within which to influence change. By pooling our resources we will be able to meet the needs of groups under-represented in EPS more effectively.

By the end of the project we will have:

- a better understanding and awareness of the barriers and challenges facing under-represented groups within the EPS community.

- an assessment of interventions which aim to improve the representation of groups, currently under-represented within EPS. Critically this will also include a robust evaluation to understand the conditions under which things work well and don't work well for different communities.

- Our proposal is that these interventions will result in groups under-represented in EPS having: a greater willingness to act as mentors; a greater motivation to apply for promotion and grants; a desire to take on leadership roles; a great awareness of role models; a stronger sense of belonging within the North of England's EPS community, and the EPS community in general; and better links with industry.

- established and shared best practice with regard to developing inclusive EPS communities from HEIs and industry (and beyond) with HEIs, research councils, industry and policy makers through seminars, publications and an online platform.

- This will result in HEIs and industries sharing, changing and introducing policies to adopt this best practice.

Longer term legacy impact will be seen in: changes to practices (such as training) and policies within the consortium and beyond; establishment of best practice which will be disseminated so that other key stakeholders adopt it; a more inclusive environment within the EPS community, demonstrated by a more diverse staff and student base including within senior roles; and adoption of this best practice beyond the EPS community.
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