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

Report launch event - 16.00, Monday 4 May, Houses of Parliament

NOTICE (17/03/2020): The Parliamentary authorities have agreed a range of measures, in conjunction with Public Health England, to help to contain the coronavirus outbreak. As part of these measures, access to the parliamentary estate by non-passholders is now limited. The event on 4 May will now not take place at the Houses of Parliament. The Chair and the British Science Association (Secretariat) are reviewing alternative arrangements, such as whether the event can take place virtually or will be postponed until further notice.

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About the inquiry

In March 2019, the APPG launched our first inquiry on the topic of Equity in STEM Education. The aim of this inquiry was to understand the evidence and lived experience of those going through and administrating STEM education, so that we can ascertain whether there are issues around equity that could be resolved with policy change.

Following a call for evidence, we received many responses including through informal evidence through roundtables and other forums. The evidence focussed on:

  • Where is there inequity across different protected 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?

Evidence submitted to the inquiry

Sponsors

 

    

Former 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 Jon Fitzmaurice.

Members

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. 

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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.

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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