Strategic objectives

Our vision is driven by a focus on delivering the following strategic objectives:

  • Ensure that the BRC strategic priorities are aligned with diversity and inclusion principles;
  • Embed a mentoring strategy that is accessible to all staff regardless of background;
  • Formalise a process to ensure inclusive leadership throughout the BRC;
  • Formalise diversity of representation in all operational structures of the BRC; and
  • Monitor success at achieving these targets and implement strategies to address perceived challenges.

We achieve our strategic objectives by:

  • Giving staff and trainees access to relevant training – including Unconscious Bias training – to develop their awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Supporting research into the impact of equality, diversity and inclusion projects at our BRC, King’s College London and other research organisations; and
  • Ensuring that senior staff undertake relevant diversity and inclusion training and act as role models.

Examples of our work

HDRUK Health Data Science Black Internship Programme

We are very proud to have been a part of the inaugural HDRUK Health Data Science Black Internship programme in 2020-2021 with three interns. Great health data science needs health data scientists who represent all of us. The programme enabled us to bring fresh experiences, fresh perspectives and talents of a group of people who hadn’t traditionally been represented in health data science to our organisation. As part of the 2021-22 intake, we are currently hosting four interns within our infrastructure.

Research Advisory Group and Young Person’s Advisory Group

We have worked with patients and the public to reconfigure our Research Advisory Group (RAG)  in 2021 so that it truly reflects the communities that we serve. The RAG regularly advises our research teams on research proposals, research design and its delivery as experts by experience.

Drawing on expertise of students who attend our summer school (now I Heart Research Academy) we brought together a Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) in 2018 to increase the impact and outputs from the Academy and to ensure we are involved and engaging with a broad demographic of the local population.  The YPAG helped to design our Academy content and have contributed to several projects including ‘Designing a Novel Paediatric Sepsis Screening Tool Using Machine Learning’.

Expansion of the I Love Research Academy

In 2022 we have expanded our regular summer school with additional funding from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity from a ‘one week once a year’ offering to students, to a twice a year three-month long engagement programme. This enables us to regularly connect with young people from across London, with a particular focus on underserved communities. This offers real and meaningful opportunities to students from our local areas who would not otherwise have access to opportunities such as mentoring and high-quality extra-curricular education. Collaborating with organisations across King’s Health Partners in February 2022 we hosted 55 Year 10 and 11 students from 25 schools across London as part of our new academy scheme to give young people a taster of working in clinical research. Students attended 12 online workshops delivered by staff across the Partnership, and are currently working on phase two of the academy which is a six-week mentoring project, which will culminate in a research conference delivered by the students in April 2022. The next cohort will take place over the summer of 2022.

Mayors Fund for London

We partnered with the Mayor’s Fund for London Access Aspiration Programme, a scheme that works with young Londoners from low-income backgrounds to gain work experience. Our team delivered a careers talk for their ‘Access All Areas’ seminar series.

We work inline with the Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter is a national framework developed by the Equality Challenge Unit which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) staff and students in higher education.