All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity & Inclusion in STEM

About the Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) 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. For more updates, follow us on Twitter.

As part of its work on equality, diversity and inclusion across the science and science engagement sectors, the British Science Association (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 STEM.

Details of previous meetings of the APPG can be found here.

Request for Proposals

The APPG is looking for a data consultant or agency to undertake mapping work of STEM skills in the UK. The Request for Proposals closes at 9.00am on Monday 30 May 2022.
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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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About the inquiry

The APPG on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in STEM launched their first inquiry in 2019, with the aim of investigating equity in STEM education.

While there have been many reports and inquiries into the STEM skills gap in the UK, the group felt there was a lack of focus specifically on equity within STEM education and the impact this has on young people’s access, attainment and engagement levels.

Download the full report

The report puts forward these recommendations:

  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.

Read the evidence submissions



What can I do?

If this inquiry's findings and recommendations are important to you, please raise the report with your Member of Parliament (MP). We have created an easy to edit template letter that you can email to your MP's office to tell them why they should engage with equity in STEM education.