The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to encouraging diversity and equality of opportunity in the organisation, practices and work of the Academy.
This applies to every sphere of Academy activity. We will strive to ensure that no individual or group is treated more or less favourably than others on grounds of ethnicity, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion or belief.
The Academy's current Diversity Champions are Professor Dame Jessica Corner DBE FMedSci and Professor Jim Smith FRS FMedSci. Their role is to advise the Academy, and lead on the development of new initiatives
In addition to regular monitoring and reporting of diversity data the Academy undertakes a number of practical initiatives to encourage diversity and equality of opportunity in biomedical and health research.
- Our Fellowship committee, Chaired by the Registrar Professor Philippa Saunders FMedSci, reviews the election process each year to ensure that the pool of candidates proposed for election to the Academy is drawn from the breadth of medical science, and is as diverse as possible.
- Our SUSTAIN programme supports women researchers to thrive in their independent research careers. It provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential.
- Since 2014 the Academy has developed and implemented initiatives with the overall aim of increasing the number of women commenting in the UK news media. Not just to ensure journalists have access to the best experts available, but also to provide highly visible role models of senior scientists to inspire the next generation of women researchers and scientific leaders. 99 women have now participated in the programme with participates going on to give interviews on the Today programmeBBC News, Woman’s Hour, Telegraph, BBC World Service, The Mirror, The Life Scientific, The Guardian, BBC Health Online and Huffington Post
- Our #MedSciLife campaign brings together personal stories of those working in medical and health research to promote different working practices and explore how passions and achievements outside work can influence careers.
- We have produced a briefing note on unconscious bias for committees electing new Fellows, and we also provide unconscious bias training to mentors and mentees at our mentoring masterclasses.
- The Academy also plays an active role on committees such as the Athena Forum and we work in partnership with the other National Academies, the Royal Colleges and learned societies to support their diversity initiatives.