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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion Matters - Northern Power

A consortium – led by Durham University – of eight universities and eight companies has received nearly £600,000 aimed at boosting the representation of women, disabled and LGBT+ people, and people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in Engineering and Physical Sciences in the North of England. The project is generously supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

About the Project

The title of our project is 'Northern Power: Making Engineering and the Physical Science a Domain for All in the North of England‘

The overarching aim of the project is to shape an actively inclusive culture in the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) community (academic and beyond) in the North of England. This project intends to support, drive and sustain a greater equality for all, including traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g. women, disabled people, LGBT+, and black and ethnic minority (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 key activities designed to address them: shared-characteristic mentoring; reciprocal 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. There are eight activites in total:

  1. Shared Characteristics and/or Interests Mentoring
  2. Reciprocal Mentoring
  3. Online Platform
  4. Leadership Development Workshop
  5. Networking for Career Development
  6. University Industry Partnership – Work Shadowing
  7. University Industry Partnership – EDI within EPS Event
  8. University Industry Partnership – Engaging Collaboration: Being Prepared for Business Workshops

Participants can sign up now at the project website. Registration is open now and can be accessed here.

Our Partners

We are delighted to be working with a number of Northern Universities and Industry partners in the Engineering and Physical Sciences sector.

The universities involved are: Durham University, Lancaster University, Leeds Beckett University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Teesside University, University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, and University of Leeds. Industrial partner organisations include: Arup, Atom Bank, Stanley Black and Decker, GTN Limited, IBM, Northumbrian Water Ltd., Siemens Gamesa and SAGE.

Research and Evaluation

A key component of this project is evaluation. The project will be evaluated to understand the impact of the project for participants and institutions and the ways in which participants engaged with the various initiatives on offer.

Data will be collected using surveys, interviews, observation of training sessions and analysis of documents and policies to identify whether there have been changes in attitudes and practice and to investigate which elements of the project worked well or faced challenges during implementation.

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