Our work with parliamentarians and associated organisations allows us to play a central role in influencing policy across research and innovation at the highest level. Talented and highly trained researchers who are unable to return to research careers after a break for family, caring or health reasons represent a substantial loss to the UK economy. That this situation still exists in the context of a growing UK research and innovation skills shortage should be a concern to all of us.

We are committed to working with all stakeholders with common goals to progress the issues of returning researchers – including those relating to equality, diversity and inclusion. By working together, we believe we can make positive change enabling researchers from all backgrounds to return to their research careers and succeed.

As a valued a source of expertise, we work proactively with Government, policy makers, NGOs, learned societies, charities and professional bodies, contributing to policy development, responding to submissions and generating media attention on matters concerning research returners. Within the parliamentary sphere, we are committed supporters of the Women & Work, and Diversity & Inclusion in STEM All Party Parliamentary Groups and a member organisation of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee. Examples of some of our policy work can be found here and links to the relevant policy sections of some of the organisations with whom we collaborate can be found here.

We would be pleased to hear from organisations wishing to engage with the Trust on policy issues concerning research returners – including equality, diversity and inclusion. Please contact Tim Julier, Executive Officer at the Daphne Jackson Trust for more information.