As a new Institute, building a reputation as a great place to work is really important to us, but so is genuinely living up to those expectations by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone can fulfil their potential.
Our aim is simply to reflect the world we live in and have a diverse workforce which is representative of the rich cultures, experiences, backgrounds and skills that the UK and the world has to offer.
We are working hard to provide greater opportunities for under representated groups. Building a focused plan to ensure that we can stand behind our aims to support careers in STEM for all and provide greater career opportunities to areas of our communities where there have been barriers.
We’re just getting started and will continue to build our efforts. Below are examples of our early commitments:
- Gender balanced interview panels
- Anonymised shortlisting process for our first PhD studentship programme
- Participant of the HDRUK Black Internship Programme (in association with the 10,000 Black Interns initiative). Our first Placement students completed in August 2021
- Unconscious bias training for interviewers
- Schools engagement activities to local comprehensive schools in the Thames Valley
- Wider reach recruitment activity to encourage applications from less represented areas of our community
Here’s what a recent candidate thought of our hiring process:
“the Franklin’s commitment to diversity demonstrated by a transparent & anti-bias hiring process shows an inclusive organisation I would be proud to join” candidate for our first PhD programme.