AcSS & ESRC Project: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Project is a joint programme between The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), its member Social Science Societies and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Its purpose is to encourage and facilitate greater awareness of, and actions to support, EDI across member social science societies, by working together to share resources, learning and to maximise the potential to effect real and positive change.

Drawing together good practice from across the Academy, our member societies and other organisations, this hub provides advice and guidance on how to embed and prioritise EDI across six workstreams: governance and leadership, funding, membership, events, publishing and research groups and networking communities.

This month's recommended resource

This report, produced at the request of the Academy’s member social science societies, draws on 2021/22 HESA data and POLAR4 data to present a top-level summary of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data for the social sciences, for both academic and teaching staff and for student populations in UK higher education. This report is part of the Academy’s programme of EDI work in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Useful accessibility-related resources

These resources provide advice and guidance on how to ensure design is inclusive and accessible to everyone. They sit across all our workstreams. Use the left column below to change categories. See the right column for a summary and link to each resource.

Digital guide: an introduction to online accessibility

This guide outlines how people with a range of disabilities use online content. It offers advice and resources to help heritage organisations make their digital content accessible to everyone. While its target audience is heritage organisations, the advice and guidance it contains is transferable across sectors.


What is an accessible colour palette?

This website offers accessible colour palette templates, including advice on how to ensure content is accessible to those with colour blindness or sight impairment. The handy FAQ section is packed with useful tips!


Accessibility guide 

This guide, from Newcastle University, explores what you can do to create accessible content. This includes information on imagery; hyperlinks; use of colour; language; videos; bullet points; headings and structures; documents; and Microsoft Accessibility Checker.


EDI funding scheme

As part of the EDI Project, we have small scale grant funding available to support EDI initiatives and interventions. AcSS member social science societies should have received an email containing key guidance relating to the grant funding process and a copy of the funding application form. If you have not, please email

The AcSS & ESRC Project: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is kindly supported by