STEMM CHANGE - Uncovering Barriers to Inclusivity and Transforming Institutional Culture

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering

Abstract

Through our research and innovation this project will deliver a toolkit of embedded interventions and methodologies which will deliver a significant measurable difference to equality, diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). Our vision is to:- Contribute to achieving the combinations of talent that Engineering & Physical Sciences need to meet the sector and subject challenges of the 21st century and then using ourselves and our partners and collaborators as a test bed, develop (i) changed processes (ii) changes in culture and (iii) a significant change in behaviours to achieve a strategic diversity in STEMM. Ultimately we will widen the opportunities for entry and career development for groups typically under-represented in STEMM both in academia and industry. We will deliver 6 specific and measurable interventions which are described in detail within the proposal.

Planned Impact

Our goal is to ensure that EDI becomes "business as usual" and that we don't consider it as separate to our usual day to day work. That of course will take longer than the life of this project. Within 2 years however, we would expect to see significant change at Nottingham and in our partner organisations with our tools and methodologies embedded, over 50 senior managers trained and supported directly, over 250 colleagues trained directly in our methodologies through our networks and our dissemination events and with over 10,000 page views on our website. We will have established new, strong collaborations across the sector which will provide a springboard for future innovation. Of course the challenges for each partner are different so we will need to refine metrics as we go through the programme, however, we expect in 2 years to have delivered a widely available software tool for reducing bias in recruitment and for setting the R3fD criteria along with the training that accredits others to use it on their own. We expect this tool to have been used in the recruitment of over 50 roles.

We will create long-term, sustainable impact by directly informing change processes designed to transform the infrastructure of institutions through our team links. Key to this will be the new permanent role of the Transitional Project Manger who following the project will become a full time member of University of Nottingham staff financially supported across the 3 STEMM faculties at Nottingham.

Through innovative data transparency, data discovery, action-learning and software design, we will enable long-term sustainable impact by placing new tools directly in the hands of individual researchers and the senior leaders responsible for equality and diversity. Rather than merely call for increasing diversity, Work package 2 produces datasets, processes of change and mechanisms that will allow institutions to work through, monitor and hold themselves publically accountable to the diverse communities that they aim to reflect. Through workshops, training, networking events within the team, publications, public-facing short summaries of themes and yearly symposia, we will provide knowledge, findings and material that will improve policy-making around inclusion by ensuring that it is evidenced based. The recruitment software and training will help transform the pipeline into HEIs of diverse staff. Our Active Checklist will support and advance sustainable change by encouraging the embedding of research and more critical reflection into strategies of inclusion.

Publications

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Description BGS 
Organisation British Geological Survey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution testing methodology developed
Collaborator Contribution supplied data
Impact None yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Southampton 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supporting placements for the Changemaker TS part of our project
Collaborator Contribution Supporting placements for the Changemaker TS part of our project
Impact No outputs so far, work in progress
Start Year 2019
 
Description Annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact annual STEMM-CHANGE conference to report updates on the programme and also updates from other Inclusion Matters projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Redefining Success: Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact presentation at Vitae Researcher Development conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Technician Lens : THE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article about our report in the THE
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Technicians Working in Partnership, Newcastle University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020