Diversity and inclusion
Identifying Good Practice Relating To Inclusive Selection Within The Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme
UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) commissioned the Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) to conduct research about institutions’ selection practice within the Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) Scheme. The Future Leaders Fellowship is UKRI’s unified flagship scheme seeking to develop world-class research and innovation leaders, through outstanding support. The exceptional popularity of the FLF scheme has meant that a demand management cap was introduced in Round 7, so many institutions had to select and support only some of the applications they received.
Partly to assess the impact of demand management on the overall diversity of applicants, CRAC evaluated how inclusive host institutions’ processes are and recommended potential adjustments to their FLF processes that could enhance inclusivity during selection. This was done through analysis of the inclusive selection statements written by institutions submitting FLF applications, and deeper research in a sample of universities to examine their practice. Evidence was gathered through interviews with staff and stakeholders involved as well as with applicants themselves.