Equality & Diversity

Equality & Diversity

The ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in its work with students, supervisors and partners; and in its interaction with the research community and beyond. Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment which enables them to do so. (UKRI)

We believe that an organisation’s success and competitiveness depends on its ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of its people. We recognise the strengths that different backgrounds and experiences can bring to our cohort and how they may enhance the way we work. The potential rewards of diversity are significant: recruiting researchers from the widest possible pool will unlock talent and make a major contribution to the impact of research and will benefit the economic and social well-being of the UK. Equality and diversity should therefore be embedded at all levels and in all aspects of normal research practice. This commitment is made with specific reference to a person’s age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, race, religious belief & non-belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The public sector equality duty gives public bodies legal responsibilities to take proactive measures to address equality, to help us to tackle and address persistent and long-standing issues of disadvantage and inequality.

To promote equality, diversity, and inclusion within the ARIES DTP we undertake to do the following:

Management

Promoting diversity in the decision-making Boards and training providers.

Be proactive in considering a wide diversity of prospective candidates for appointment to Boards, with membership rotated every three years, and all Boards to have gender balance reflective of the organisations involved.

All Hosting Partners are required to report on gender balance of supervisors for proposals submitted to internal sifts, and success rates for each gender within their sifting process.

Ensure that there is active and meaningful consultation and engagement with students and partners with protected characteristics, and that feedback is monitored and acted upon. All data to be reported to ARIES Strategy Board and ARIES Training and Progress Panel annually.

Require all supervisors, panel and Board members to complete an on-line equalities and unconscious bias training at least every three years.

Recruitment

Promoting equality of opportunity

Review Studentship Advertisements/Person Specifications and ensure appropriate (inclusive and positive) language and essential criteria are publicised

Require all recruitment panels to have gender representation reflective of the organisations involved.

Require everyone involved with recruitment to complete training in unconscious bias

Enable students to succeed by supporting specific needs according to disclosed additional needs and reasonable adjustments, in collaboration with ARIES TPP. All data to be reported to ARIES Strategy board and AIRES TPP annually.

Promote equality and diversity as part of Outreach and widening participation activity, by targeting groups of low-recruitment as identified by the strategy board.

Training

Promoting a positive environment by encouraging participation and involvement, and minimising disadvantages due to protected characteristics in the way they are managed and in effective resolution of complaints

Ensure regular engagement with our Head of Equality and Diversity.

Hold regular meetings with training coordinators and student representatives to get views and experiences, acting on identified poor practice.

Undertake regular consultation and communication with our supervisor pool, partners, external stakeholders and students in respect of policies and procedures

Request and respond to feedback for every DTP event and the DTP provision as a whole, and communicate with staff and students on progress.

Develop significantly greater awareness of mental health issues via direct provision of mental health awareness and mindfulness sessions at cohort training events, and by signposting provision at hosting partners

Ensure training programmes are accessible to, and inclusive for, disabled students

Include unconscious bias and equality themes in all relevant training/briefings;

Aim to achieve a representative balance of speakers/training providers for DTP training activities, with gender balance reflective of the organisations involved. Where this is not possible, the selection process for speakers and trainers will be transparent

Require all ARIES students to carry out equality and diversity and unconscious bias training.

Monitoring

Promoting self-analysis and continuous improvement

Collect, analyse, and act on monitoring data pertaining to the protected characteristics

Identify trends and prioritise to address the impact on individuals and groups who have protected characteristics

Promote our ‘no tolerance’ stance to harassment and bullying; provide support and signpost advice so that staff and students feel comfortable to make a complaint if they feel harassed or bullied

All monitoring data to be presented annually to the Strategy Board