Director's Statement: Gender Pay Gap 2018

Owen Sansom, Director of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: “We are pleased to see that we have made improvements in our gender pay gap since we first reported in 2018. Last year, as well as conducting an in-depth pay review, we also implemented a number of changes to make it easier for women to continue to progress their scientific research careers - from flexible working to improved maternity leave.  This year, we have gone a step further and introduced a policy of offering a period of full pay to partners who wish to take shared parental leave. We see this as a positive step in supporting women back to work earlier so that they can pursue their careers. We also remain committed to developing a pool of senior female talent and championing women in scientific research.”
“The Institute operates in a sector that relies heavily on highly skilled scientific researchers and those wishing to train in this area.  Many Institute staff members participate actively in scientific outreach work with schools and universities to encourage more young women to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and maths, known as STEM subjects.  In the UK, whilst the number for women in the STEM workforce is slowly starting to increase (currently 23%) it is estimated that it will take at least a generation to change attitudes towards women entering STEM careers.   As well as looking at ways we can help address this wider societal issue, we are committed to creating a diverse working culture as it will enable us to conduct cutting-edge research and encourage new ideas and creativity in the sector.”


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