Equity for excellence in academic institutions: a manifesto for change
Wedekind L., Noé A., Mokaya J., Tamandjou C., Kapulu M., Ruecker A., Kestelyn E., Zimba M., Khatamzas E., Eziefula AC., Mackintosh CL., Nascimento R., Ariana P., Best D., Gibbs E., Dunachie S., Hadley G., Ravenswood H., Young B., Kamau C., Marsh K., McShane H., Hale R., McPhilbin E., Ovseiko PV., Surender R., Worland C., White LJ., Matthews PC.
Higher academic institutions in the UK need to drive improvements in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) through sustainable practical interventions. A broad view of inclusivity is based on an intersectional approach that considers race, geographical location, caring responsibilities, disability, neurodiversity, religion, and LGBTQIA+ identities. We describe the establishment of a diverse stakeholder group to develop practical grass-roots recommendations through which improvements can be advanced. We have developed a manifesto for change, comprising six domains through which academic institutions can drive progress through setting short, medium, and long-term priorities. Interventions will yield rewards in recruitment and retention of a diverse talent pool, leading to enhanced impact and output.