Equity, diversity and inclusion

The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to working towards full equality of opportunity both in our own organisation, practices and work, and in the wider academic workforce.

Our commitment applies to every sphere of Academy activity. We strive to ensure that no individual or group is treated more or less favourably than others on the grounds of ethnicity, age, disability, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Our definition of diversity expands beyond protected characteristics to include geography, research subject and sector, clinical and non-clinical specialties, career stage, and socio-economic background. Our work is guided by our core principles.

We are serious about learning both from our successes and our failures, and believe that transparency is key for sector-wide improvement. We welcome comments and feedback and will always listen with an openness and willingness to learn how to do things better. 

We are sharing our 12 month action plan (from mid-2021 to mid-2022) as a public document - download the action plan here or from the side of this page. 


We are a member of EDIS (the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health Research Network), the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and the Proud Science Alliance, a collective of healthcare and life sciences sector LGBTQ+ networks.

We have produced an annual diversity report since 2014 and publish the reports openly online. We consider transparency key for sector-wide improvement and continue to work towards better data collection and reporting to provide the evidence base for change. 

The most recent 2019-20 diversity report is the Academy's sixth annual report of diversity data, and the fourth published externally. It spans all the Academy's work, from grants and policy to Fellowship and HR. Read all our previous diversity data reports here.

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