Initiatives

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One of the main goals of the Centre is to establish a level playing field for all, developing leaders in a diverse and inclusive environment. In order to achieve this, we aim to develop a series of diverse and inclusive initiatives


Academic returners' research fund

The purpose of the Fund (AR2F) is to provide the opportunity for female scientists to plan how their research commitments and aspirations can be supported during and/or after maternity leave. The fund enables female staff to continue their research endeavours in and around their period(s) of maternity leave, which will:

  • sustain research productivity
  • facilitate increased income through the creation of research outputs, successful bidding to grants and an enhanced submission to the REF
  • boost research and international reputation
  • enhance retention and morale of female staff working within STEMM

The AR2F scheme has been recognised as 'Sector Leading' and 'Innovative Practice in Advancing Equality and Diversity', HEFCE 2017


Back2Science research programme

The Back2Science Research Programme provides the opportunity for both women and men in STEMM subject areas, who have taken extended career breaks of more than 5 years, to join an established research group, build confidence and gain contemporary research experience. The aim is to provide a sound platform for Fellows to kick-start their careers, providing opportunities for researchers to develop independent research projects, funding applications and research publications, or undertake further study.


M&N fund

The M&N fund aims to empower and engage our students in activities that support and advance equality, diversity and inclusion.