About UKRC

Launched in September 2004, the UKRC is funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and is the Government’s lead organisation for the provision of advice, services and policy consultation regarding the under-representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). It was set up as one of the key recommendations of the Government’s 2003 Strategy for Women in SET (pdf).

The UKRC is led by a partnership including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the Open University, Sheffield Hallam University, Queen Mary University of London, with Bradford College as the lead partner. See more details of our governance arrangments.

The UKRC provides a central point of information and advice for industry, academia, professional institutes, education and research councils and for women entering, returning and progressing in SET careers. This website lays out the services we provide in detail, but you can read a general overview of our work.

Services are provided from a central base in Bradford, West Yorkshire, from national centres in Scotland and Wales and from a local centre in the South East of England, where the concentration of scientists, engineers and relevant employers is particularly high.

The UKRC also contracts work to and builds partnerships with other organisations within the field of gender equality and science, engineering and technology. See more details of the organisations we work with.