The Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) recognises the importance of building a diverse community. To make the great leaps in research that we aspire to as the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, promoting and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion is integral to achieving our mission.
Data science itself is a complex combination of diverse scientific disciplines. To ensure that we can change the world for the better, we need to:
- conduct a diverse range of research
- seek a diverse range of people working across our research and business
- use data that is diverse in an Institute that epitomises diversity.
Diversity in all its forms
Diversity covers every aspect from multi-disciplinarity to organisational partnerships, research application areas to international collaborations and across the range of people working with us, attending our events, reading our work, conducting our research and more.
In an industry which can often be dominated by one gender, ethnicity, age or culture we need to become more effective at drawing people from the widest possible pool and developing this talent to provide a diverse pipeline of individuals to take up more senior positions.
To solve the world’s problems and challenges, we need to be accurately reflecting the world’s diverse composition, to ensure that the challenges we propose to solve reflect the needs and values of a progressive society. Diversity breeds creativity and allows knowledge, discoveries and innovation to flourish. Turing can be at the forefront of this, with diversity at the core of every research activity and our organisational composition.
"Diversity breeds creativity and allows knowledge, discoveries and innovation to flourish."
The Turing believes that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and strives to create a culture that is inclusive and free of barriers. We recognise the benefit of creating an environment that nurtures talent and allows every individual the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential.
The Turing is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion because we understand that this is the only way that we will be able to undertake research which tackles some of the biggest challenges in science, society, the economy and the world we live in.
Each individual at the Turing has a responsibility to help drive our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) programme, guided by these principles:
- We will seek to understand the challenges and barriers to equality in order to eliminate discrimination, creating an environment where differences are valued.
- We will promote a culture of inclusion, recognising and celebrating difference and acknowledging the benefits achieved by diversity of thought and experience.
- We will create a safe, non-judgemental space where we can discuss arising issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion and support one another to understand and acknowledge a range of perspectives.
- We will embed equality, diversity and inclusion across all levels of the Turing and in everything that we do.
- We will educate our community and raise awareness in all areas relating to equality, diversity and inclusion ensuring our commitment to EDI is understood by all.
We will support and enable our community to recognise and challenge behaviour at all levels which goes against these principles.