Overview

  1. This document is an agreement between the Parliamentary Officers, Advisory Group and Sponsors of the APPGDIS on the rules under which the APPGDIS operates and is administered. It is publicly available and adds to the statutory information that the group provides on its entry in the Register of All-Party Groups.
  2. The APPGDIS is committed to ensuring its activities and funding are entirely transparent. IT is funded through a combination of core sponsorship funding and sponsorship of particular events and research, all of which is declared on the official Parliamentary Register of All-Party Groups. The APPGDIS does not endorse, support or campaign on behalf of one organisation. The group operates according to a strict Code of Governance, and its work is driven by its Parliamentary Officers.

Parliamentary membership

  1. The APPGDIS is an all-party parliamentary subject group on the approved list of all-party parliamentary groups, and abides by the rules and guidelines as laid down in the official booklet of all-party parliamentary groups compiled by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
  2. The APPGDIS exists in order 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. It also exists to consider and influence changes in policy that will lead to this outcome.
  3. The agenda of the APPGDIS is set by the group’s Parliamentary Officers, in accordance with Article 18 (d) of the Guide to the Rules on All-Party Parliamentary Groups (March 2015). Officers are elected annually at the AGM, which is open to all parliamentarians. Only parliamentarians have voting rights at the AGM.
  4. The Officers have executive authority over the group.

Secretariat

  1. The secretariat services are provided by the British Science Association, a charity with inclusivity at the heart of its mission. The BSA is committed to make science more accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. It has strong connections with businesses, policy makers and the scientific community and, through the education and engagement programmes it delivers, it has expertise in engaging with under-represented groups.

Sponsorship

  1. Sponsorship is open to non-parliamentary organisations and provides funding that allows the APPGDIS to maintain a secretariat.
  2. Sponsors are invited to send representatives to all group meetings and are registered to receive all official group correspondence.
  3. At meetings, sponsors are asked to participate actively in discussions, whilst recognising that the APPGDIS is intended as a means of disseminating impartial information and that parliamentarians have priority in their contributions.
  4. Sponsors are also invited to sponsor additional resources, research or meetings that fall outside the standard programme. No editorial influence is conferred by such sponsorship.

Advisory Group

  1. The Advisory Group is comprised of Officers and figures from central government, local government, the private sector, third sector and academic institutions, appointed by the Parliamentary Officers. The Advisory Group meets at least once annually to evaluate the past and approve the future activities and administration of the APPGDIS.

Other organisations

  1. Where possible and appropriate, other relevant organisations are invited to participate in meetings and resources.
    1. Internal to Westminster, meetings and resources are open to other parliamentary bodies such as Committee and Parliamentary Office staff, the House of Commons and Lords Libraries, and Member’s own research staff.
    2. External to Westminster, representatives from charity and voluntary sector agencies and other relevant organisations are invited to attend meetings at which their contribution is of relevance to the subject area.
    3. Attendance at meetings must be by the invitation of and response to the APPGDIS.

Endorsement

  1. This code of governance is endorsed by the Parliamentary Officers of the group, representing an agreement on how the group operates and is administered.

 

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