Envision is committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the the postgraduate community in environmental science. We are recruiting 80 PhD students over five cohorts and have a responsibility to ensure that these students come from diverse backgrounds, are treated equally once they arrive and are accepted in the scientific community.
Our goal is to build a happy, diverse and supportive cohort of students who can utilise the experience garnered from their Envision projects to allow them to progress into successful careers in their chosen specialities.
We are committed to challenging the standard concept of academic excellence and our primary concern is for that of the welfare of our students. We strongly believe in providing the skills and knowledge to allow all students the opportunity to make a real impact within the academic community.
Envision has shared a document setting out best practice when recruiting with all supervisors who are advertising a PhD project for Envision. The advice set out in this document will be monitored by the Envision team. This includes the following advice to help improve our EDI practices across Envision:
Updates to the Envision website and application process have been made to make it more welcoming to applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Envision has updated its project advertising to ensure that we target applicants from under represented groups. In the 20/21 recruitment round we will:
The central Envision team will also complete the following:
Envision plans to improve the website in the following ways:
The Envision management team will review the recruitment process. This will include:
Discuss a plan of events and outreach activities to encourage a more diverse range of applicants. This could include some of the following:
All host partners are committed to advancing equality, as demonstrated through signing the Athena SWAN Charter. The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.