The MRC has always had a strong commitment to equality. It recognises that an organisation’s success and competitiveness depends on its ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of its people.
Currently 90 scientists and support staff make up the MRC Biostatistics Unit, with approximately 75 directly carrying out research, across four research themes.
The BSU attracts some of the best scientists from around the world – at all stages of their careers. The Unit is made of a diverse community, with many of our staff and students originating from outside of the UK.
Female scientists at MRC Biostatistics Unit
The BSU supports and encourages female scientists at all stages of their careers and a number of women have achieved notable success both as members of the BSU staff and as alumni. For example:
- Ethel Newbold: first female to be awarded RSS Guy medal in silver;
- Hilda Mary Woods: MBE;
- Sheila Bird: FRSE: OBE; RSS Guy medal in bronze, RSS Bradford Hill medal – silver, RSS Chambers medal- gold; Bradford Hill Lecturer at LSHTM;
- Nicola G. Best: RSS Guy medal in bronze.
- Sylvia Richardson: BSU’s current director: second female to be awarded RSS Guy medal in silver.
In addition many women who did PhDs or post-docs at the BSU have gone on to succeed at the very highest level.
Family life at BSU
Our employment policies aim to make it as easy as possible for both female and male scientists to combine family life with research. There is childcare on the Addenbrooke’s hospital site (5 minutes from the BSU), and there are several other nurseries nearby in Cambridge which will take children from six months or younger.
We are keen to continue to recruit the best scientists, and encourage applications from candidates from all over the world.