The Trust made a submission to the BEIS R&D People & Culture Strategy consultation. In relation to the Talent section of the Strategy, and in particular the statement that “Gaps in the UK’s talent offer at different career stages results in a failure to develop and support people with potential throughout their careers and creates a risk that we might lose them from the R&D sector in the UK for good”, the Trust submitted a statement of interest in hosting a group to improve the experience of returning researchers to their careers. The statement of interest highlighted the following specific issues which the Trust would wish the group to address:
- the number, severity and impact of barriers that returning researchers face when they re-start their careers;
- how different parts of the research ecosystem can undertake practical changes to address these barriers;
- to road-test (through the expertise of our proposed group) the implications of implementing such changes.
Dr Katie Perry was a speaker at the Mothers in Science (MiS) Motherhood and career Retention in STEMM, held in May 2021. The conference highlighted the career challenges faced by female scientific researchers wanting to start a family whilst progressing their research careers. The scientific journal ‘Nature’ produced an excellent article summarising the findings and conclusions reached at the conference. In particular, it was pleasing to see that the Fellowships offered by the Daphne Jackson Trust are highlighted as an exemplar for career returners. A link to the article can be found here
The Trust submitted a response to the APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM inquiry into Equity in the UK STEM workforce. The submission can be read here. The final report can be found here. A case study provided by the Trust can be found on page 59 of the report.
The Trust made a submission to Department of Health & Social Care’s Women’s Health Strategy – Call for Evidence. The submission can be read here.
The Daphne Jackson Trust was pleased to support the Association of Medical Charities’ briefing for the House of Lords debate on the Science and Technology Committee’s report ‘Science research funding in universities’. The briefing can be read here.
The Trust made a submission to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s ‘My BEIS Enquiry’. The submission can be read here.
As a result of a meeting with Trust staff, Chris Green MP, Chair of the Medical Research All Party Parliamentary Group, submitted a number of written questions regarding funding for STEM skills and research to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The full text of the questions and responses can be read here.
The Trust submitted evidence to the Campaign for Science & Engineering’s (CaSE) Diversity Policy Review. The Trust was included in Recommendation 1 (page 6) in the Review – Careers Strategy and Retention.
Dr Katie Perry, the Trust’s Chief Executive, also produced a guest blog on the Trust’s work on diversity and inclusion for CaSE’s website.
The Trust made a submission to the Department for Education/Government Equalities Office ‘Returning to work after time out for caring’ survey. The submission can be read here.
The Trust also submitted a proposal for Fellowship funding from the Government Returnships Fund. The proposal can be found here.
The Trust was a named contributor to Women & Work All Party Parliamentary Group 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report made a number of recommendations relating to maternity pay, shared parental leave, returner programmes and best practice accreditation.
The Trust submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee enquiry into ‘Women in Scientific Careers’. Increased support for the Trust was recommended in Conclusion & Recommendation 28 (page 52) of the report.
The Trust also submitted verbal evidence.
The Trust produced a feasibility study, commissioned by BIS, to investigate a possible extension of the Trust’s Fellowship model to encourage more qualified engineers to return to an industrial engineering setting, having taken a career break, or transitioned into other roles or industries.
The Trust submitted written evidence to the Sir John Perkins’ Review of Engineering Skills, commissioned by BIS (BEIS). Increased support for the Trust was recommended in Recommendation 2 (page 3) of the Review.