All-Party Parliamentary Group on
Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Latest inquiry: Equity in the STEM workforce

On 20 July 2021, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) published the ‘Equity in the STEM workforce’ report following an eight-month inquiry.

Download the full report

The report’s key recommendations are:

  1. The UK Government and STEM organisations, across the private, public and voluntary sectors should commit to leading a ‘STEM Diversity Decade of Action’ to tackle the historic and systemic underrepresentation of minoritised groups at all levels in the sector.

    1. The Prime Minister and UK Government should set a bold vision for a diverse and equitable STEM sector at the heart of their ambitions for the UK to become a ‘global science superpower'.

    2. STEM leaders from organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors should work together to form and co-fund an Employers’ Coalition for STEM Diversity to address the structural inequity in the STEM workforce and drive long-term change.
  1. The UK Government must deliver a statutory workforce data strategy and drive forward changes in policy and legislation to support employers to improve equity for minoritised communities in many sectors of the UK workforce, including STEM.

  1. The UK Government and STEM organisations must quickly look to address and reverse worsening inequity within the STEM workforce as a result of the pandemic.

The inquiry was launched in November 2020 with a Data Analysis Brief which outlined the diversity and representation of the sector (including healthcare) workforce as it stood in 2019.

A full recording of the online launch event is available on the BSA’s YouTube channel.

The evidence submissions are available to download. Please note, due to data protection regulations not all submissions can be made public.

For questions or additional guidance, please contact the APPG Secretariat.

Previous inquiry: Equity in STEM education

On 23 June 2020, the APPG launched the 'Equity in STEM education’ report. The report was published after a 15-month inquiry gathering and analysing evidence on whether the education system and schools provide equal opportunities for students of all ages to learn STEM subjects in England.

The report includes five key findings and six recommendations that highlight the need for a more joined-up approach by Government to tackle the causes of inequity in STEM education and an urgency to take a wider, more holistic view of inequity beyond the lens of gender, economic disadvantage or ethnicity. Full details can be found here

                   

                   


About the Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM aims to promote the inclusion and progression of people from diverse backgrounds in STEM, and to encourage government, parliamentarians, academics, businesses and other stakeholders to work towards a STEM sector that is representative of the population. We also want to consider and influence changes in policy that will lead to this outcome.

As part of its work on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM, the BSA acts as secretariat for the Group. The Group is made up of Members of Parliament and Lords, and is a focus for collaboration with businesses and other organisations in the STEM sector.

Contact the group here

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Past Meetings

Details of previous meetings of the APPG can be found here

Members

The Officers and Members of the APPG are listed below. All Officers were elected at the APPG's AGM on 24 June 2021, which was held online.

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