Equality, diversity, inclusion

A skilled and diverse heritage science community is one of the three over-arching goals of the strategic framework for heritage science in the UK.

NHSF wants to work with the heritage science community to ensure that there is a broad range of opportunities to develop the heritage science skills that are needed for the future and work as a heritage scientist. This means working together to ensure that routes to training, career paths and opportunities, and workplaces are accessible and attractive to people from all backgrounds.

As part of the Forum's work to achieve this, our Communities group has identified the following first steps:

  • Collect information from NHSF members on the steps that they are taking to improve equality, diversity and inclusion so that good practice can be shared and we can learn from each other.
  • Use the research NHSF commissioned in 2017 into the career opportunities and constraints for postgraduate heritage scientists and work with training provider and employer partners to address its recommendations, including facilitation of a network or platform to support emerging heritage scientists and address their needs.
  • Encourage engagement with heritage science at an earlier age by sharing members' experience of participation in programmes such as Speakers for Schools and STEM ambassadors to encourage more people to take part in these programmes. 
  • Provide information on how Apprenticeships can provide new entry routes to working as a heritage scientist and assess whether there is a need to develop new Standards.
  • Encourage members to develop Lab Diversity Statements.