Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), we are committed to actively and openly supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and aim to create an inclusive research environment that has an impact throughout all that we do. Our commitment to EDI is aligned with that of the NIHR's EDI Strategy.

NIHR EDI five points
A diagram outlining the five themes involved in the NIHR's EDI strategy

Our People

We seek to be the organisation of choice for those training and working in cancer research and want to develop researchers from multiple disciplines, specialisms, geographies and backgrounds.

We will address key challenges in research, including:

  • Barriers to career progression arising from characteristics such as sex, race or disability
  • The diversity of applicants to our capacity building and career development programmes
  • The diversity of those who participate in our research and clinical trials

We work with our partners The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment. We have four joint equality networks open to staff and students:

  • The REACH Forum - Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage Forum
  • The LGBT+ Network
  •  Access For All Forum – a network for staff and students with disabilities and health conditions
  • Women in Science Network
  • The Equality and Diversity Committee – set up to look at the diversity of the workforce at The Royal Marsden

Our Research

Diverse people and communities shape our research and we aim to ensure that our research portfolio reflects the diversity of the population.

This includes making sure that research led from our BRC is being conducted in areas and populations and with groups in our society that have the greatest disease burden, in collaboration with local investigators.

This will be achieved through equal and diverse participation, involvement and engagements of patients, carers and the public through:

  • Raising and deepening awareness of research in underserved / underrepresented groups
  • Reducing barriers preventing underserved / underrepresented groups to participate in research
  • Providing access to relevant training and resources to our BRC-funded researchers to that they can better engage wider audiences throughout all stages of their research
  • Providing opportunities for diverse voices to be heard in research i.e. our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Patient and Public Contributors Group


Equality and Diversity at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at The Institute of Cancer Research

Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in research at the NIHR


NIHR East Midlands Applied Health Collaboration Toolkit for Increasing participation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in health and social care research