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 71 scientists and support staff make up the MRC Biostatistics Unit, with about 58 directly carrying out research, in four research themes. We have a strong PhD presence; and by October 2014, 19 of our researchers will be postdoctoral students – see PhD Programme at BSU for postgraduate opportunities.
The BSU attracts some of the best people from around the world – at all stages of their careers. Today’s BSU scientific staff is made of a diverse community: half of PhD students, almost 30% of postdocs and five out of the ten programme leaders originate from outside the UK.
Women scientists at MRC Biostatistics Unit
The BSU supports and encourages women 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 -nee Gore: 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 enquiries and applications from candidates from all over the world.