The Faraday Institution is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment as it seeks to build and support a world-class energy storage research community. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and by celebrating a diversity of ideas, opinions, knowledge and people it is acknowledged that research excellence will follow. Beyond research disciplines, diversity within this community takes many other forms including career stage, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin and religion. In recognition of this, the Faraday Institution aspires to maintain an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive, feel they belong, and have a voice.
The organisation published its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Charter in June 2021, which outlines the EDI responsibilities that all members of our community share. We encourage everyone to engage with the types of everyday actions that contribute to building the welcoming, supportive, diverse and productive UK battery research community we seek to create:
• Actively promoting inclusion
• Advocating for others
• Adopting practices that support fairness and equal opportunities for all
• Embracing and championing diversity in all its forms
• Following best practice chargers and initiatives within your own institution
• Challenging non-professional and inappropriate behaviour
The Faraday Institution is a member of WISE and committed to promoting gender balance in science, technology, and engineering. Read the case study from WISE highlighting the Faraday Institution’s commitment to attracting, recruiting and empowering women in STEM careers.
Our EDI Working Group is chaired by CFO Susan Robertson and comprises 10 EDI champions – one researcher from each of our main projects – that together inform Faraday Institution policy and practice and embed best EDI practice within each project. Researchers are encouraged to engage with the EDI champion from their project to further build an inclusive community.
Members of our community are welcome to propose articles on aspects of equality, diversity, inclusion, or well-being. We thank the following contributors for writing these blog posts:
• Simon O’Kane, Faraday Institution Research Fellow on the Multi-scale Modelling Project at Imperial College London, “Supporting Each Other and Ensuring Wellbeing During the Pandemic”
• Zubera Iqbal, Faraday Institution Research Fellow on the ReLiB project at the University of Birmingham, “Inclusivity during this virtual world of work“