The SLSA is pleased to be launching its first comprehensive membership survey on Monday 15th November 2021.

The survey will improve our understanding of the profile of individuals who identity as socio-legal scholars, including lecturers, research students, and independent researchers. It will allow us to map the diversity of our community with reference to characteristics of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, care-giving, religion, and disability. Information will also be gathered on the challenges related to discrimination and exclusion faced by scholars at all stages of their career within our community and in wider academia.

Survey findings will make an essential contribution to our work on equality, diversity and inclusion. In particular, they will allow us to enhance the ability of all members to participate in the activities of the Association to the extent that they wish and to consider the extent to which the SLSA Board of Trustees and its sub-committees are reflective of the membership.

Information will be used to inform the SLSA’s planning for conferences and events, its strategic work on equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, and its interventions on behalf of members in national consultations, for example with the professions, the Law Commission and UKRI, and the running of funding competitions and awards. The survey will also ensure that the Association is compliant with current requirements when making nominations to the Research Excellence Framework and equivalent processes.

The data will be collated anonymously, and held and processed subject to the General Data Protection Regulations. For any queries related to the survey, please contact the SLSA EDI Committee via their dedicated survey email address:

The survey will run from 09:00 15th November 2021 until 17:00 24th December 2021. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and the SLSA EDI Committee would like to encourage as many SLSA members as possible to complete the survey, which can be accessed below.