Equality, diversity and inclusion

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is committed to identifying barriers and championing and challenging equality, diversity and inclusion within health and biomedical research communities at the University of Bristol.

What are we doing?

We're working closely with staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bristol to gain an understanding of specific issues around equality, diversity and inclusion within this research space.

Through a series of discussions we are listening to staff views, thoughts and experiences and are identifying priority areas for intervention to affect positive cultural and systemic change.

We want to hear your views - any questions, thoughts or ideas please get in touch with us.

Why is this important?

It is important for everyone to feel that they can contribute their ideas and that each unique persective is valued. Diversity encourages a range of solutions to health challenges. To attract and retain talented researchers we must embed an inclusive culture where everyone can fully participate.

  • Find out about the legal framework and associated policies, training and events by visiting the University of Bristol Equality Diversity Inclusion website.
  • Visit the Wellcome Trust website for funding opportunities and to find out about what they are doing to tackle barriers.

Funding to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Wellcome Trust is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and have established a unique fund for Wellcome funded researches to enable them to advance diversity and inclusion in their work and their work environment. There is considerable flexibility in terms of what can be funded. More information
You may also find it useful to read Wellcome’s blog about what a good application looks like.
Wellcome are happy to come and speak to Researchers about this finding, if this would be helpful, please contact us.

Caring Responsibilities

Changes have also been made to Wellcome grants policies to be supportive of those with caring responsibilities.
Find out more about the support they now offer.

Inclusion in a Virtual Workplace

We can all support each other through this unprecedented time. Each of us can be intentional about maintaining a sense of community between those of us who have fully transitioned to homeworking and ensuring that we remain connected to those of us who remain in the workplace. Find out more about this.

EDIS Coalition

We are proud to be part of the EDIS coalition - promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in science and health, with the power to influence and drive evidence-based change. Everyone should have equal opportunities and access to a successful career within Science or Health, its research and its outcomes. Find out more about the EDIS group.

EDIS member Rachael Gooberman-Hill quoteBLOGS

Time to set the bar higher for Higher Education culture - November 2019
What does it take to make research inclusive? - September 2019
Taking pride in equality, diversity and inclusion - July 2019
Balance for Better - achieving true equality - March 2019
Equality and diversity in health research - October 2018

I do not wish to give [women] a first place, still less a second one-but the most complete freedom, to take their true place whatever it may be.

Elizabeth Blackwell

Useful contacts

Staff Networks provide an opportunity to share experiences and challenge organisational practices at the university.

Equality, diversity and inclusion committees and lead contacts:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Life Sciences

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