Research Inclusion

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Every person has the same opportunity to take part in research regardless of geographical location, age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or parental status, ethnicity, religion or belief, biological sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and access to health and social care.

Inclusion is one of five cornerstones in the NIHR’s operational priorities (see Best Research for Best Health: The Next Chapter)and therefore underpins our priorities in the delivery of health and care research.

In recognition of the importance of EDI and our commitment to it, a new NIHR Research Inclusion strategy 2022-2027 has been developed to complement the NIHR’s operational priorities.

Purple Network, A group which supports those with visible and non visible disabilities

We are proud of our diverse workforce, many are actively involved in CUH staff Network groups. Glynn, is co-chair of the Purple Network. A group for staff with hidden or visible disabilities, working together to promote inclusion for our workforce.

 “No decision about me, without me”

What is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)?


Ensuring that everyone is given equal assess to resources and opportunities to utilise their skills and talents.

Taking a ‘systems approach’ to what we do and how we do it.

Identifying and removing long-standing, structural barriers to success.


Involves trying to understand and give people what they need to achieve their potential; promoting notions of fairness, justice, entitlements and rights.


Being reflective of the wider community.

Having a diverse community, with people from a broad range of backgrounds represented in all areas and at every level.


Where groups of individuals with different backgrounds are welcomed, accepted both culturally and socially, and trusted equally.

Engaging with each person as an individual and making colleagues feel valued with a sense of belonging that is respectful of people for who they are.

Feeling supported to enable us all to do our best.

Our Strategy

Our joint NIHR Cambridge BRC and CRF EDI strategy ensures we embed our commitment to EDI in all our ways of working.

Our EDI strategy centres around 5 key themes:

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Why is EDI important in research?

Failing to include a broad range of participants means that the results may not be generalised for the general population

Our CRF is working collaboratively and in harmony with the wider NIHR infrastructure to improve our reach, impact and improving inclusion in under-served groups to make health and care research more inclusive.

The NIHR- INCLUDE project was commissioned in 2017 by the NIHR Clinical Research Network to address the lack of representation in health and care research, with a vision to provide better health and care through inclusive research.

All members of our core CRF team complete NIHR INCLUDE Training.