All-Party Parliamentary Group on
Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Next inquiry: Equity in the STEM workforce

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion will be launching their next inquiry into Equity in the STEM workforce at an event on 10 November 2020 at 14.00. See Launch event - Inquiry on Equity in the STEM workforce.

Further information about the inquiry will be released soon, please register for updates to get the information first.

Equity in STEM education inquiry 2019/2020

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.

The recommendations

In the report, the APPG makes six recommendations, calling on the Government to introduce:
1) A Minister responsible for addressing inequity within the education system;
2) STEM education that is more relevant to the lives of all young people;
3) Greater action to address teacher shortages in STEM subjects;
4) Full implementation of changes to careers support and guidance, as suggested by the Careers Strategy for England (2017);
5) Steps to address the existing inequalities in provision of Double Award and Triple Science at GCSE;
6) A review of fundamental changes to STEM GCSEs which considers equity issues.

Write to your MP

Please raise the important issues in this report with your local MP. We have created an easy to edit template letter that you can email to your local MP to tell them why they should engage with equity in STEM education.

Evidence submitted to the inquiry

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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The Officer and Members of the APPG are listed below. All Officers were elected at a meeting on 10 February 2020 held at the Houses of Parliament. 

Photos taken from the Parliament Website under an Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. Photo of Lord Willetts taken by Duncan Hull under an Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) licence.

2020 meetings

Election of Officers Meeting, Monday 10 February

2019 meetings

Equity in STEM Education evidence session 1, Monday 19 March

Equity in STEM Education expert roundtable 1, Monday 20 May

Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 16 July

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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