1/6) This @UKRI_funding call closes on Friday. Will UKRI adopt the same approach as last time? I'm still waiting for UKRI to offer a safe space for discussion. Please don't let this story be brushed aside / forgotten. I need your help/allyship. Will the @UKRI_CEO listen?
2/6) In the last @UKRI_News funding on COVID & BAME communities - £0 from 4.3 million was allocated to Black academic leads; no equality data was gathered and one individual who sat on the assessment panel was co-investigator in 3 of the 6 successful awards
3/6) Back in Aug I worked with 9 other Black women engaged in research expressed their concerns to @UKRI_News in an open letter @MissChisomo @MMKingOkoye @pwi11iams @PaperWhispers @RuthAgbakoba @DrFuraha_Asani @docadisa @DoulaSmith @itsJaninebtw knowledgeispower.live/about/
4/6) UKRI_News and @UKRI_CEO have publicly stated that they are committed to addressing racism and discrimination. In their BLM solidarity statement UKRI states "we will be focusing our energies on as we do the work that is needed to right the systemic wrongs that racism creates"
5/6) I fear things are moving forward and changing in the research sector without the active involvement of Black academics. We feel marginalised /pushed out of the conversation. E.g. on the 10th of Sept the UK gov introduced a new policy paper. gov.uk/government/pub…
5/6) Please read and retweet this thread to keep the pressure on for UKRI to meet us. For more info on all of this and the UKRI story - please visit the website knowledgeispower.live

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22 Sep
1/24) I care about research ethics, the past week has been particularly anxiety fueled. Myself and many others have been trying to encourage greater accountability and equality in research, but we seem to be going backwards. Here's a reminder of what I am trying to highlight
2/24) I've been talking to @zaranosaur about her experience of trying to talk to @UKRI to highlight the marginalisation of disabled academics and research on disability.
3/24) I saw today that the research council NERC awarded 0 of its fellowships to women. Again highlighting an inherent challenge within the research council and their research / funding systems and processes
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17 Sep
@UKRI_CEO Growing up Black or Brown in the UK you are made to feel you are worth less than everyone else. After doing a PhD you think you might now have a voice on issues that affect you and your community. No organisation has ever made me feel as voiceless as @UKRI_News
@UKRI_CEO We are just asking for a safe online meeting (where anonymity can be protected). We are happy to host this and would like you to join us. Here's a reminder of what started this Image
@UKRI_CEO here are some of the questions we hope to address knowledgeispower.live/uncategorized/…
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11 Sep
@erinmaochu @drhannahrobbins @drarunverma & Jason Arday. Thank you for joining as panelists at the knowledge equity event and for the knowledge for your incredible solidarity, allyship and insight. #KnowledgeIsPower 1/7
We had a few tech glitches (sorry to those who couldn't join) but think there is a real shift starting. Individuals are demanding action and change when it comes to knowledge equity. This is just the beginning! 2/7
This highlighted the open letter to UKRI written by the incredible and inspirational team of Black women involved in research. @MissChisomo @MMKingOkoye @RuthAgbakoba @PaperWhispers @DrFuraha_Asani @itsJaninebtw @pwi11iams @docadisa @DoulaSmith 3/7
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8 Sep
1/5) Our meeting with @UKRI_News had to be cancelled today. As 15 mins before we were due to start, it became clear that our safeguarding concerns could not be addressed / resolved.
2/5) Concerned by a potential impact on their profession / careers, some individuals wanted to remain anonymous, we were not certain that if UKRI hosted the meeting that the confidentiality of some marginalized Black academics who wanted to take part could be assured.
3/5) @UKRI_News were not willing to join a meeting that we would host or control ss it's not normal practice. UKRI have said that they will look for other ways to address our safeguarding concerns (although we think it would just be easiest if we were able to host the meeting)
Read 5 tweets
1 Sep
1/12) I've come to the conclusion that unless @UKRI_News and the new @UKRI_CEO change, it would be kinder for research funders to say "Black people need not apply". The pain in the process is just too much. I will try to explain.
2/12) The COVID research funding came out after we had been watched our friends and family disproportionately become infected and die. As a community over represented in frontline NHS and essential work, they had to deal with the risk whilst carrying on. I wanted to help
3/12) on top of COVID we experienced extreme emotional trauma caused by heightened racial tensions. As Black academics, we were bombarded with people wanting to understand our lived experience & wanting us to do extra work for free to tackle racism - compounding the pain
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29 Aug
1/4) @UKRI_CEO states "We must address systemic injustices such as racism, brought into sharp focus in recent months" However, from my experience with @UKRI_News I am not sure I believe this.
2/4) On a @UKRI_News research fund to explore COVID & ethnicity, £0 from £4.3 million goes to Black academic leads; no equality data is captured; one individual who sat on the assessment panel is connected to 3 out of 6 successful awards
3/4) I wrote to UKRI, organised a collective letter with other Black women in research. We got 2500+ signatures & institutional support. Yet, we're offered a 45min conversation with the EDI team & an open letter led by white academics are offered a director meeting?
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