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EVENT: Investigating mental health in the research community
11 May 2018 10:00-14:30, London, United Kingdom
We are bringing together early career researchers to identify specific challenges around mental health in the UK research environment, and propose actionable solutions for the learned societies to implement. A series of talks will look at mental health in UK research from three different perspectives:
- an overview of the ‘Understanding mental health in the research environment’ review from Dr Susan Guthrie, RAND
- practical steps to resilience and wellbeing in research from Dr Sara Shinton, University of Edinburgh
- personal perspectives from Dr Joanna Waldie, University of Cambridge. 

This will be followed by a workshop for all attendees to collect the views of those working in academic research and encountering these problems in their own workplaces.

This event is a join event, supported by the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineers, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology and the Wellcome Trust.
http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/32166/investigating-mental-health-in-the-research-community

EVENT: Diversity in Geoscience UK (DiG-UK): inaugural meeting and launch event
4 June 2018
Come along to the official launch of the an exciting new initiative on Diversity in Geoscience (DiG-UK) at the Geological Society. Visit the website for further details and how to register:
https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/dig-uk-launch-event 

Campaign for Science and Engineering diversity review
CaSE has published a policy review on improving diversity and inclusion STEM, with key recommendations for government. This work brings together recent research to make a clear case for improving diversity in STEM, as well as illustrating the progress that has been achieved over the last century. The review shows that despite increased awareness in areas such as ethnicity, disability and socio-economic inequality, continued specific and intentional efforts are needed to ensure that this momentum is sustained throughout the sector.

The key recommendations for Government are:
- A careers strategy that means business: Embed diversity and inclusion through a joined-up national careers strategy and do more to encourage flexible working practices and career pathways.
- Decisive action on diversity data: Government should lead the way with national statistics and coordinate central analysis and monitoring to understand causes of under-representation, ensuring evidence can inform action taken by Government and other organisations.
Read more: http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk/resource/diversity2018.html 

Disabled graduates still less likely to be in full-time employment than non-disabled peers
AGCAS has published the latest (November 2017) edition of ‘What Happens Next? A report on the first destinations of 2015 disabled graduates’.
Further information: http://bit.ly/2y9NqUM

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Targeting funding for disabled students in Higher Education from 2016/17 onwards: Response from the STEMM Disability Advisory Committee

We prepared a report on the proposal of the introduction of targeted funding for disabled students of higher education (HE). In forming our response, all our member bodies were consulted. The STEMM Disability Advisory Committee welcomes the government’s efforts to ensure that the higher education learning environment is accessible to all students. We agree that a move to a more inclusive learning environment at all levels of education, training and employment is a positive step. As demand for workers with high-level science qualifications increases, the UK needs to encourage and facilitate more people to study science-based subjects. Higher education plays a valuable role in training a highly-skilled science workforce.

In the report, we highlight a number of issues regarding the specialist support often required by disabled STEMM students, particularly around the lack of expert and specialist knowledge that exists in HE. We want to make certain that disabled STEMM students do not face additional disadvantages as a result of the government’s proposals.

Our full response can be found in our Policy section.

Collecting Stories for our website

We are keen to highlight and share the stories of those who love studying or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) and also have a disability. If that is you, we would be delighted if you would consider writing a short piece (around 400 words) for our website to share your STEMM story.

In particular, in your piece it would be interesting to hear:

If you are happy to do so, please send your name and a photograph along with your written piece to diversity@royalsociety.org