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The Society has worked alongside other professional bodies, grassroots organisations, academic institutions, and the public sector on the Equator project – a six-month project, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, focused on improving equality, diversity and inclusion in geography, earth, and environmental science (GEES) research.
Geography and other GEES subjects are crucial in addressing global environmental challenges and achieving a more sustainable future. Yet, across GEES disciplines, ethnic diversity among UK undergraduate and postgraduate students is significantly lower than for other scientific disciplines.
The Equator project aimed to widen access and dismantle barriers to postgraduate GEES research and research careers, increasing participation and retention of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students in postgraduate research. To achieve this, the project developed three evidence-based interventions:
A working group of doctoral training organisations to remove discriminatory recruitment practices that act as barriers to access and participation in GEES research
A mentoring network to improve students’ sense of belonging and retention
A Research School to increase access to and participation in doctoral study and research careers
Findings and recommendations from the project for educators and higher education leaders have been published in the freely available Equator project report, along with a range of resources to share transferable insights and recommendations.
Visit the Equator website to read the full report and access resources including: