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Diversity & Inclusion Snippets: 30.11.2022

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

  1. A disability does not mean that the sky is the limit. In a landmark move, Europe's Space Agency chose a disabled candidate as one of 16 in its first new class of astronauts in 13 years. John McFall, a 41 year old disabled British citizen has been chosen by Europe's space agency to train to be an astronaut. His right leg was removed after a motorcycle crash when he was 19 after which he went on to represent Great Britain in the Paralympics. #disability

  2. 17 million. The number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 20221 in the UK (HSE) An estimated 914 thousand workers suffered with mental ill-health relating to their work, accounting for half (51%) of all work-related ill-health cases (1.8 million) for the year. #mentalhealth

  3. Christianity is no longer the majority religion in England and Wales. The 2021 UK census showed a 5.5 million (17%) drop in the number of people who identify as Christian and a 1.2 million (43%) rise in the number of people who follow Islam. Leicester and Birmingham have become the first UK cities to have “minority majorities”. This is a 13.1 percent drop in the number of Christians and the first time in a census of England and Wales that fewer than half of the population identify as Christian. #religion

  4. The UK is the latest country where companies are making a permanent move to the 4-day work week with no loss of pay. Supporters of the 4-day working week claim that a four-day week would drive companies to improve their productivity, meaning they can create the same output using fewer hours. 100 companies have signed up to make this move permanent in their own organisations, with some of them stating that it has been the most transformative move so far. #socioeconomic


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