Our values

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

As the UK’s national academy of science, engineering, technology and mathematics, the Society has a particular responsibility to ensure that diversity and inclusion are embedded across all its activities and are part of the culture of the organisation.

As an employer, the Society is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation and to creating a culture of inclusivity in which individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued. The Society provides equality of opportunity for all and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and parenthood, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


Royal Society values

These are our values by which we work and treat each other. Our values weren’t created by an external agency or a single staff member. They were created by a group of staff from across the Society who were passionate about having values which were visible and to which we hold ourselves to account. 

Diversity and Inclusion at the Royal Society 

We believe in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as fundamental principles within the Royal Society that drive our success and improve our workforce's understanding of the scientific community and support the application of science for the benefit of humanity. 

Promoting EDI aligns to our organisational values and embodies the principles of fair treatment and equal opportunity for all.

We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture that champions diversity at every level and where everybody feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute, regardless of their characteristics.

To support underrepresented groups and amplify their voices, we work with colleagues across the organisation to increase the number of employee-led staff networks, which are spaces for colleagues from those groups to talk about their experiences, feel connected, included, and heard.

We value the importance of cognitive diversity and the contributions that all individuals within our workforce bring, helping to spark creativity, leading to innovation.

The Society values the diversity of its staff and aims to ensure that all staff understand this commitment and share the responsibility of contributing to it.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from candidates who are disabled or with a long-term condition, provides adjustments, and is committed to maintaining an inclusive recruitment process that enables all candidates to participate fully.

We recognise the importance of work-life balance and promote a flexible working environment that supports this.

By adhering to the required standards, we continue cultivating an inclusive environment that supports a diverse workforce and builds a culture of belonging.