Research Supervisor Seminar Series - Improving equality, diversity and inclusion in PGR Recruitment (online)
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy and forms part of the Research Supervisor Seminar Series

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target Audience: University staff involved in research supervision (either formally or informally)

Course Description:

Will you be recruiting PGRs for the next academic year? Do you want to know how you can help to address the barriers to access and participation in doctoral education? In this seminar Rachel Van Krimpen (BBSRC DTP Manager and member of the national NEON working group on widening access and participation at PGR level) and Professor Lousie Mullany (Professor of Sociolinguistics) will present some practical actions that supervisors and doctoral training programmes can put in place improve equality, diversity and inclusion in our PGR recruitment processes.

Rachel will launch the session by providing an overview of the date and outlining some of the structural barriers that prevent individuals accessing and participating in doctoral education and how they impact at different stages of the PGR recruitment cycle. Louise will then draw upon the research that she has undertaken as part of the STEMM-Change programme to demonstrate how the language used in recruitment can exclude and bias recruitment.

This will enable participants to reflect upon the choice of language used in adverts and promotional materials for doctoral candidates and how to enhance this to appeal to a broader and more diverse range of candidates. Rachel will close the session by presenting a number of other case studies which have informed the basis of a new Researcher Academy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Postgraduate Researcher Recruitment Guide.

Speakers:Rachel Van Krimpen and Louise Mullany

Process: Webinar - Panel presentations and discussion

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access MS Teams
Attend the course at the specified date and time
Use MS Teams chat box function
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course

Booking Conditions 

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.
LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course27 January 202227 January 20222:00pm - 3:30pm20