The National Centre for Atmospheric Science has, for the first time, delivered a teaching session on equality, diversity and inclusion as part of our training programme for the next generation of atmospheric scientists.
Earlier this week, students attending our Introduction to Atmospheric Science course were guided through a discussion on inclusivity, led by Dr Ruth Purvis, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
Dr Purvis facilitated a short session which touched on unconscious bias, allyship, and how we are taking steps to nurture a more inclusive research environment.
Recent studies have shown the environment profession is one of the least diverse occupations in the UK, highlighting the importance of changing practices within our sector.
“After a successful first teaching session, we are looking to schedule further time to equality, diversity and inclusion in our future courses. We received positive feedback from students, who were especially interested to hear about the initiatives we are supporting.”
Dr Ruth Purvis, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
The new inclusivity session is part of our wider approach to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, which includes measures such as providing training for our staff, membership in the Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion, and a public engagement initiative.
The Introduction to Atmospheric Science course provides students and early career researchers with a broad overview of atmospheric science.