Kalaiyashni Puvanendran introduces Wellcome's anti-racist principles and toolkit – a framework for how to be anti-racist at Wellcome.
We’re committed to making health research open to anyone with a great idea, and removing any barriers that people may face.
To solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone we need a diversity of people and ideas across science and research.
In the past, Wellcome has played an unintended part in sustaining barriers to inclusive research. Now we are using our influence to remove those barriers.
This means changing research processes and practices that systematically exclude or disadvantage people based on disability, gender and race. And it means co-developing research goals with the people and communities that the research is intended to benefit.
Lauren Couch, Associate Director of Culture, Equity & Inclusion
Wellcome cannot achieve its vision to support science to solve urgent health challenges facing everyone unless structural inequalities are corrected. We know that we have played our part in perpetuating and reinforcing these inequalities. This needs to change - urgently.
Over the next 10 years, our goals are to:
Find out how we’ll do this in our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
Since 2016 we’ve been working to make Wellcome a more diverse and inclusive organisation, and we have made some progress.
We’ve been working to embed equity at the heart of Wellcome’s new strategy.
We also have a number of staff-led networks which ensure that our policies and practices reflect the lived experience of staff.
In 2019 we set a target that 15% of the people on our funding committees would be from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. This has now been achieved and we're looking to surpass it. We’ve also supported Wellcome grantholders to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work through our Research Enrichment funding.
With the Francis Crick Institute and GlaxoSmithKline, we’ve launched a network called Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health Research (EDIS) which aims to inspire and encourage the UK scientific community to make equality and diversity a top priority.
We are using the term BAME as this reflects how we collect and aggregate our data, which is based on UK census categories – but we acknowledge the limitations of this term and expect our approach will continue to evolve.
By 2031 Wellcome will be an inclusive employer, an inclusive funder, and our work and all the activities we fund will be inclusive in design and practice.
This report provides data on the grants we've funded over the past year and funding trends for the past five years.