Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforceThe business case for diversity in the scientific workforce

As part of our diversity programme, Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce, we have commissioned research into the business case for diversity in the scientific workforce.

Building on from the data in the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report ‘Tapping all our Talents’ this research will review existing literature, data and research on the business case for diversity in the scientific workforce and bring together the data and evidence to identify ways of creating diverse teams.

The research will build on good practice identified as part of the data gathering work and activities set up as part of the diversity programme.

The research is due to be published in Spring 2014.

Pilot with UK higher education chemistry departments

As part of the policy study, we will be carrying out a small pilot study with UK higher education chemistry departments to establish in the first instance whether there is a statistically meaningful correlation between some measures of diversity and some measures of the quality or quantity of outputs produced by groups of scientists.

We will be asking participating departments to send through data on the diversity of their academic and research staff, relevant REF data and measures of productivity (e.g. H index, citations, grant income).

The pilot will start in January 2014. If you are interested in participating in our pilot study or would like further information please contact us at diversity@royalsociety.org.