Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Royal Society
During its oral evidence session with the Royal
Society on 8 May, the Committee requested additional information
about the activities funded from our Science Communication budget
and our monitoring policy regarding ethnic minorities. This information
is provided below.
1. Funding for Science Communication
The Committee requested a breakdown by activity
of the £810k of Parliamentary Grant in Aid that we spend
under the heading of Science Communication (ie our public understanding
activities) and for an indication of how much of this is spent
in-house (Q 42). This information is presented below. Of the £810k,
£180k is spent on Royal Society activities.
|Grant to BA||185|
|Grant to RI||100|
|COPUS Grants Programme||105
|Science and Technology and Industry programme
|Education Grants to school-scientist partnerships
|Support for educational activities (Science Olympiads, British Youth Science Fair, Acclaim project, website for 16-19 year olds)
|Summer Science exhibition||55
|Communications and media training for scientists
|Royal Society Public Understanding Programme
2. Ethnic minority monitoring
The Committee requested details of the Society's monitoring
policy with respect to ethnic minorities (Q 70).
It is the Society's policy to treat employees and job applicants
fairly, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic
origin or disability. An equal opportunities form, requesting
information on age, gender, ethnic origin, marital status and
disability, is included as part of our recruitment forms. This
section of the application is removed on receipt and is not seen
by the recruitment panel. A similar form is available for employees.
An analysis of this information is presented to the Senior Management
Team on a quarterly basis.
2.2 Research Fellowship holders
We started comprehensive equal opportunities monitoring for
all our research fellowship schemes in October 2001 (prior to
this we had only collected data on gender). The application forms
for our awards include a form asking applicants to indicate their
age, gender, ethnic origin and whether they are registered disabled.
This form is separated from the rest of the application form and
is not seen by those involved in the selection process. We intend
to extend equal opportunities monitoring to other research support
schemes (eg our research and conference grants) in the future.
An analysis of this baseline data will be used to inform subsequent
policy discussions in this area.
2.3 Fellows of the Royal Society
As stated in section 12.5 of our written evidence, we do
not monitor for ethnicity among the Fellows of the Royal Society
2.4 Related activities
Under our educational programme (outlined in Section 5.7
of our written evidence) the Society is working jointly with Sheffield
Hallam University on the Acclaim Project, designed to raise young
people's awareness of cutting edge scientific research in this
country and of the achievements of UK scientists. The Acclaim
project is funded jointly from private sources and our PGA, and
among future developments of the project under consideration is
a focus on scientists from the ethnic minorities as role models.