Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Our Commitment: The FEMM Hub actively promotes a culture where the diversity of the staff involved in the Hub is positively valued and celebrated. We believe that diversity in all its forms delivers a greater impact to our research and enhances the experience of our staff, students and partners.

Our Committee: The FEMM Hub ED&I committee was set up to maintain a fully inclusive culture that is proactive in initiating change and driving forwards best practice in equality and diversity matters. The committee is made up from a representative from each of our partners as well as the FEMM Hub Manager. 

 Our EDI Policy: Can be downloaded by clicking on the following link FEMM EDI Policy FEB 2023.docx.




Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies at our partner universities:





Useful Resources and Opportunities



Women in Engineering: The Women’s Engineering Society offers free career advice for those interested in working in engineering or returning following a career break. Please email hello@wes.org.uk for more information.



Empowerment Passport: The empowerment passport is an online questionnaire tool that allows individuals to communicate their adjustment needs in education or employment settings and covers transition from one place to another. A companion document for life, it is owned, created and shared by the person with a health condition or disability promoting personalisation and best practice. The Empowerment Passport is an essential tool that supports employers and education providers avoid discrimination whilst enabling the individual to achieve their full potential. To find out more, please visit the following link: Empowerment Passport



Better Allies: Everyday actions to create inclusive and engaging workplaces. Visit the Better Allies website for more information: Better Alles Website



Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK University or research establishment. Fellowships are flexible and part-time, usually completed over two years at 0.5 FTE, and consist of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours’ retraining per year. For more details, please visit: https://daphnejackson.org/about-fellowships/current-opportunities/



Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship: This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists and engineers at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.




EPSRC Fellowship Framework is a single scheme that supports three career stages – postdoctoral, early career and established career. Applicants can apply for up to 5 years of support for Early Career and Established Career awards, or up to 3 years for Postdoctoral stage award. Applicants can choose to spend anywhere between 50 and 100% FTE on their fellowship. Applicants are expected to hold a Doctoral degree by the start date of the fellowship or have equivalent research experience. There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience or whether the applicant holds a permanent academic position.




RAEng offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. The Academy welcomes applications from early-career researchers worldwide who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. The scheme provides funding for five years. Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the five-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. In addition, Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university.

RAEng Industrial Fellowships: The Industrial Fellowships provide an invaluable opportunity for early- to mid-career academics to undertake a collaborative research project in an industrial environment. This scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between the university and the industry host by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties. In addition to a 6-month fellowship route, applicants will now have the option to hold the Industrial Fellowship for up to 2 years’ full time. Applicants are encouraged to consider collaborations with companies of any size, including SMEs and medium-sized businesses.