Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of FUSE activities, embedded within its leadership of future ultrasonic engineering research. We believe EDI adds value to FUSE and contributes to the well-being, engagement and productivity of our students, academics, and external partners.

The link between diversity and research productivity is well established, as are the benefits of team working. FUSE is already well positioned in this by its multidisciplinary nature and its diverse applications base; we want to benefit from all available talent.

Glasgow, Strathclyde and our external partners are fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. A Bronze Athena SWAN awards is held by both the School of Engineering in the University of Glasgow, and the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering in the University of Strathclyde, and are working towards Silver.

Unconscious bias

All staff involved in recruitment and supervision have completed the Universities’ suites of Equality and Diversity training. Unconscious bias observers are used in all recruitment processes, including interviews.

Undergraduate internships

Funded summer internships are available for final year undergraduate students from under-represented groups.

Recruitment

Our Structured Interview Process Interviews are 1-day events of pre-determined structure removing physical barriers for people with all types of disability. The process has a group structure with team activities with other candidates and an interview panel reflecting our EDI aims.

Flexible working

To attract, retain and support students who are carers, we operate an individually-managed flexible working policy. This will mean that students can plan a working pattern tailored to their particular responsibilities.

Childcare costs for conference attendance

Funding is available to cover childcare costs. This will help FUSE students who are returning from parental leave and have childcare gaps to attend conferences.

Talent scholarship scheme

For applicants from widening participation backgrounds, three awards are available of £2k p.a. for four years.

Part-time studentships

These are prioritised for those with caring responsibilities (women returners, single parents), geographically remote students, those with a diagnosed disability, and, with our external partners, employees they have identified via their EDI initiatives.

Culture

We promote a healthy working environment and support our students to establish a healthy work-life balance, with a half-day per month for social activity sponsored by FUSE. Students are encouraged to take regular breaks from their research and to include in their plans an annual holiday covering two consecutive weeks. FUSE activities include a monthly group lunch; a weekly exercise group; and arrangements for each FUSE student to have a senior student providing mentorship and balancing the diversity in the student’s support. Annual facilitated workshops for 2nd year students explore how research creativity can be enhanced by diversity of genders and cultures.

External partners

Our external partners have motivation and ambitions in EDI which mirror our own to address the long-standing issues associated with the under-representation of minority groups based on gender; black, Asian, and minority ethnicity; and social deprivation. Our partners recognise the moral imperative as well as the opportunities for competitive advantage offered by introducing real measures to tackle EDI issues, and also the challenges in delivering meaningful change.