Here at the Birmingham BRC, we are committed to advocating the cause of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within research. We aim to cultivate an environment that encourages – but also demands – equity and respect in every aspect of our research programme. This includes everything from workforce recruitment and development to collaborating with diverse stakeholders.
Creating an equal, diverse and inclusive environment is pivotal to good science. The benefits of EDI in research extend far beyond scientific achievement. It is a powerful force for social change, reducing health inequalities and ensuring that our research results reflect the broader population. Our work becomes a beacon of inclusivity, making research outcomes accessible to all, regardless of background or circumstance.
We want to demonstrate diversity, inclusion and fairness in all our research efforts. We aim to prioritise patient and public outcomes by upholding impartiality, taking action and building cultural understanding. We will strive to cultivate an inclusive, diverse culture that amplifies all voices and fosters cooperation and partnership.
Our strategic aims
- Develop an inclusive culture and behaviour to sustain a diverse workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our community
- Equip our workforce to competently implement EDI principles in research
- Create an inclusive environment for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement, where our work can be shaped by the diverse communities we serve
- Continuously monitor our EDI initiatives, analysing data to enhance and refine our approach
To learn more about how we’re working to achieve our aims, read our EDI Strategy.
EDI at the Birmingham BRC
At the Birmingham BRC, we believe actions speak louder than words. We uphold our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion with a comprehensive approach and tangible initiatives. Here’s what we have been doing to support our vision:
- Organised roundtable events focusing on tackling health inequalities
- Mandated an anti-racism training programme to leaders within the BRC, which was also offered to patient and public research partners
- Piloted the NIHR Race Equality Framework
- Implemented changes to recruitment practices
- Organised a webinar to celebrate the work of our Black women researchers and patient partners, and reflect on how we can best support them
- Hosted a community event to raise awareness about the importance of health and care research and engage with local Black African and Caribbean communities
If you’d like to learn more about our approach to EDI, please contact: