All-Party Parliamentary Group on
Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

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.

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Current inquiry: Equity in STEM education

Our first inquiry is on the topic of Equity in STEM Education. We have seen in our previous meetings that there is great inequity in the provision of STEM education across different age groups, with those from poorer backgrounds or minoritised ethnic groups being left out of taking the top qualifications.

While the problems are clear, its solutions are not obvious, so this inquiry will help to explore the potential solutions and their impact on different aspects of the education system. The inquiry will consider the systems in the devolved nations and in other countries, as well as how different types of STEM qualifications are perceived by universities and other bodies.

The aim of this inquiry is to understand the evidence and lived experience of those going through and administrating STEM education, so that we can ascertain whether there are issues that could be resolved with policy change.

Key questions

  • Where is there inequity across different characteristics within the STEM education system in the UK, at any age?
  • What can we learn from approaches in other countries or across the devolved nations?
  • What policy change could alleviate this inequity?
  • What other implications could a change in policy have, and who would be affected?

How the inquiry will work

The inquiry will last for five months, taking in evidence online and through evidence sessions. Anyone will be able to submit evidence to the inquiry and I will be meeting with groups that wouldn't normally engage with this type of activity, to proactively bring their views into the discussion.

Submit evidence to the inquiry

Please use the inquiry submission form to send us your evidence about Equity in STEM Education. The form asks several questions that will help us to assess the strength of the evidence and understand its impact on the recommendations we create at the end of the inquiry. We may contact you to gather more detail about your submission.

Submissions have now closed and we cannot guarantee to include any further information submitted. However, if you are aware of evidence that should be included, please send it using the link below.

Sponsors

The BSA is seeking funding to cover the costs of running the APPG – this includes running events, commissioning research and running the secretariat.

If you are interested in supporting the APPG, please contact Louis Stupple-Harris.

Members

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2019 meetings

Equity in STEM Education evidence session 1, Monday 19 March

Equity in STEM Education expert roundtable 1, Monday 20 May

2018 meetings

Education and skills, Wednesday 23 May 2018

Our first meeting explored the education system, looking at how it is working for people from different groups and how it can work to improve diversity and inclusion in STEM.

A report of the day is available here.

Speakers
Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation
Prof Louise Archer, Professor of Sociology of Education at the University College London Institute of Education
Lord David Willetts, Former Minister for Universities and Science
Siena Castellon, 15 year-old autism and neurodiversity advocate

Annual General Meeting, Monday 25 June 2018

We held our Annual General Meeting to establish the group. Read the minutes of our AGM here.

Business and the Industrial Strategy, Tuesday 26 June 2018

Our second meeting discussed the role of business in improving the chances of people from different backgrounds working in STEM, and what the Industrial Strategy can do to push things forward.

A report of the day is available here.

Speakers
Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation
Naomi Weir, Deputy Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
Nike Folayan, Chair, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
Elaine Morley, Senior Policy Advisor, UK Research and Innovation

Regional disparity, Tuesday 11 September 2018

Our third meeting explored how access to STEM study, careers and engagement are shaped by geographical location within the UK.

A report of the day is available here.

Speakers
Anna Round, Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North
Mhairi McCann, 19-year-old scientist and Scottish Ambassador for the Young Scientists Journal
Online submissions from people across the UK were included in this meeting

Social mobility, Monday 3 December 2018

Our fourth meeting explored how access to STEM study, careers and engagement are shaped by people's socioeconomic status and background.

A report of the day is available here.

Speakers

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
Graham Randles, Managing Director, NEF Consulting
Dr Jo Littler, social mobility academic, City, University of London

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