Bayes Centre

Roadblocks to innovation Series

Series title: Roadblocks on the path to innovation: Creating inclusive research communities

Online - Zoom link and password provided to registered attendees on the morning of each event

About the series: The UK Government Research and Development Roadmap was published in 2020, setting out the UK’s vision for science, research and innovation. Improving the culture of research, addressing long standing equity issues, and attracting, training, and retaining diverse people are key to this strategy.

We have designed the series as dialogues between experts to address the roadblocks on the published Roadmap. If institutions want diverse researchers to create world leading research and tackle global challenges, those institutions must first be able to answer the six questions tackled in these sessions.

These thought-provoking conversations across fields will be chaired by early career researchers to facilitate discussion intended to provide research-informed recommended actions for institutions to create more inclusive research communities in order to enable world leading research and innovation.

Please note: We are working to confirm additional speakers, with the understanding that we are all working in the middle of a pandemic. More names to be announced as they are confirmed.


1. Am I valued here? (Wednesday 6th October 3:30pm)

Metrics of success are often promoted as a way of 'objectively' measuring the value of research outputs and are important factors in who we employ and promote. This session will examine the nature of these metrics and challenge what is meant by success and excellence in academia.


  • Khadija Mohammed, Senior Lecturer (University of the West of Scotland).
  • Hilary Noone, Research & Innovation Culture Lead (UKRI)
  • Prof Tessa Parkes, Director, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research (University of Stirling)
  • Dr Lilian Hunt, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health (EDIS) Lead (Wellcome Trust)


2. Am I seen here? (Wednesday 13th October 3pm)

Visibility, or lack thereof, come with significant implications for researchers from underrepresented and marginalised identities. In this session we will discuss benefits, downfalls, and ambiguities of visibility with a focus on intersectionality and privilege.


  • Hazel Booth, PhD researcher (University of Stirling)
  • Maya Carlyle, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Dr Yuwei Xu, Assistant Professor in Education and Teacher Development (University of Nottingham)


3. Am I safe here? (Wednesday 20th October 1pm)

Bullying, harassment, and gender based violence must be eradicated from our universities and organisations. How can we demand that our institutions take accountability for ensuring that our places of work, study, and research are safe so that we may innovate without fear of abuse?


  • Dr Melanie McCarry, Lecturer (University of Strathclyde)
  • Dr Erin Shannon, Research Associate (University of York)
  • Prof Vanita Sundaram (University of York)


4. Am I represented here? (Wednesday 27th October 3pm)

You cannot be what you cannot see...or hear. Representation matters and it isn’t simply about visibility. How can we move beyond tokenism towards meaningful, substantive representation?


  • Jarita Holbrook, Associate Professor University of the Western Cape & Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (University of Edinburgh)
  • Shomari Lewis-Wilson, Senior Manager, Research Culture & Communities, Wellcome Trust
  • Dr Jost Migenda, Research Associate (King’s College London) and member of the Name Change Policy Working Group


5. Am I welcome here? (Thursday 4th November 1pm)

Accessibility is much more than compliance to requirements. What do accessibility and inclusivity for all look like? This session will explore the notion of accessibility as key to more equitable and innovative research practice.


  • Olugbenga [Abraham] Babajide, PhD researcher (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Dr Nicole Brown, Lecturer (UCL)
  • Dr Jane Essex, Senior Lecturer (University of Strathclyde)


6. Am I going to thrive here? (Wednesday10th November 2pm)

One measure of inclusion is how our institutions handle complaints. Our universities and organisations must be responsible for ensuring that policies, procedures, and practices enable researchers to thrive. Who thrives more in our current research cultures - the abusers or those they abuse?


  • Dr Anna Bull, Founder, 1752 Group, Lecturer in Education and Social Justice, Department of Education (University of York)
  • Dr Addy Adelaine, Cofounder & CEO, Ladders4Action

Online - Zoom link and password provided to registered attendees on the morning of each event

Recording: The event will be recorded and shared after it is transcribed and closed captioning is added.

Access: There will be live auto-captioning through Zoom. BSL interpreters will be available on the events. Please email to discuss your additional specific access requirements.

The series is organised by three Early Career Researchers:

Dr Jessica Gagnon (she/her), Research Fellow, STEM Equals, University of Strathclyde

Dr Katie Nicoll Baines (she/her), Project Manager for Evidence Base, University of Edinburgh

Dr Marco Reggiani (he/him), Research Associate, STEM Equals, University of Strathclyde


Roadblocks to innovation Series

Series of six panel discussions focused on institutions' responsibilities for creating more inclusive research cultures