BASES is committed to widening
participation in scientific research, education, practice and the workplace. In
May 2020, BASES established a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (now the
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group (EDI AG). In July
2020, the Board of BASES appointed a Board Diversity Champion, Mrs Satvinder
(Vinny) Kaur Leach. Dr Kotryna Fraser was appointed the EDI AG’s first
Chair in January 2021.
By promoting EDI, BASES will
create greater opportunity for any individual in sport and exercise
science to fulfil their potential, irrespective of their background or circumstances. In
so doing it will also help to better serve society by attracting the widest
possible talent to the sport and exercise science workforce, fostering a
greater diversity of scientific ideas, research, practice and technology.
In less than ten months, the
BASES EDI AG has started to make inroads. Some early achievements include;
- Creating a new EDI page in
the member-only website to share key
documents and updates.
- Creating an EDI definitions document as a support
tool for current BASES members, which can be viewed via the Members' Area.
- Submission of the Diversity and
Inclusion Progression Framework 2.0 to the Science Council; this enables
the assessment of BASES’ progress on becoming a more diverse and inclusive
organisation. Further information can be found here.
- Undertaking the first BASES
Diversity monitoring survey in Autumn 2020, a summary of which can be seen in the infographic via Members' Area.
- Introducing a short,
anonymised diversity survey for new and renewing members to better capture
and understand the diverse membership of BASES.
- Taking part in National
Inclusion Week 2020 by sharing individual stories of the members of the EDI AG, one example of which is here.
- Promoting some of our
inspiring female members for International Women’s Day 2021.
- The approval by the BASES Board of a new bursary for students in hardship ('Supervised Experience Candidate Support Programme'), which is due to go live in April 2021.
- Student members of the EDI
AG sharing their experiences of student-staff working relationships and
advice on how teaching staff can create inclusive learning environments.
You can find these experiences in The Sport and Exercise Scientist Summer
- Using the new OpenDyslexic font to prepare infographics on diversity data to increase
its readability for readers with dyslexia. This has resulted in wider
consideration of some larger documents and their readability/accessibility
for members with dyslexia.
- The addition of a gender-neutral title (Mx) on BASES
membership application form.
Moving forwards, key projects to be developed
by the group over the coming year include;
- EDI training for BASES’ members,
some of which has already commenced. This will start with developing
overall awareness of language used/should be used in daily and scientific
communications to create equitable, diverse and inclusive spaces. The
project will also include developing policies and position stands,
including guidelines to BASES’ members on how to create more
inclusive and safe spaces.
- Establishing a clear support
and complaint system if BASES’ members feel they have experienced
- Amplifying the voices of
under-represented groups through establishing mentoring schemes and
highlighting diverse role models in Sport and Exercises Sciences.
- Considering and implementing
changes to the Ethics Code to better reflect members’ responsibilities in
EDI and social justice.
- Agreeing and planning
campaigns for any key diversity days / weeks that BASES should be actively
Commenting on the above, Dr
Kotryna Fraser, Chair of the EDI AG said:
“In such a relatively short time,
accomplished some quick wins, but there is so much more we, as an Association,
can do to promote EDI. The new projects will be a great starting point,
while we continue to discuss and consider other
projects for future years. We are aware that members of BASES are already
doing lots of great work, and if members would like to get involved with some
of these projects please reach out through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, it is really important
that new members and those renewing their membership do spend a couple of
minutes to complete the brief diversity monitoring form. We gather and
analyse diversity data to assess the extent to which we are achieving our
diversity and inclusion aims. We then use this information to review our
processes to ensure they are fair and transparent, and do not have an adverse impact on any
particular group. So, when becoming a new member or when renewing your
BASES membership, please complete the short survey through the link in the respective
welcome/reminder email. Help us to help you. Thank you.”
Details of the members of the
BASES EDI AG can be found here.