Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT puts equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart
Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is being placed at the centre of the Advanced Biomedical Materials Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), ensuring its graduates develop into socially-responsible citizens and helping to make society a better place for all.
The CDT, a collaboration between The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield, is embedding the principles of EDI throughout the entire postgraduate research lifecycle. It has its own EDI Committee, and it is expected that student representatives will participate fully when the committee meets (at least) twice per year to review EDI strategy.
With the inclusion of its own representatives, it is hoped that students will play a key role in helping to build the kind of research environment they would like to see.
Chaired by Dr Tom Shearer, the committee will adopt an active leadership role in the workings of the CDT, and will identify and address challenges relevant to the topics and communities related to the CDT with defined progress indicators.
It aims to improve the EDI culture and associated practices, taking account of long-term challenges and wider associated culture change. The committee will also support diverse recruitment and flexible support of staff and students with a range of backgrounds and personal circumstances, integrating this into the CDT's management and monitoring plans, as well as organisational policies.
Specifically, it will address and action responsible research across the board, and will provide students with the skills needed to progress their careers and research.