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

Following the inquiry into equity in STEM education, which focused on the education pipeline, this inquiry examines how the Government and organisations employing STEM workers are helping to create a diverse and inclusive environment.

A Data Analysis Brief produced in the lead up to the inquiry outlined the state of the sector in 2019. The inquiry was launched at an online event in 2020.

Download the full report

Recommendations

  1. The UK Government and STEM organisations, across the private, public and voluntary sectors should commit to leading a ‘STEM Diversity Decade of Action’ to tackle the historic and systemic underrepresentation of minoritised groups at all levels in the sector.

    1. The Prime Minister and UK Government should set a bold vision for a diverse and equitable STEM sector at the heart of their ambitions for the UK to become a ‘global science superpower'.

    2. STEM leaders from organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors should work together to form and co-fund an Employers’ Coalition for STEM Diversity to address the structural inequity in the STEM workforce and drive long-term change.

  2. The UK Government must deliver a statutory workforce data strategy and drive forward changes in policy and legislation to support employers to improve equity for minoritised communities in many sectors of the UK workforce, including STEM.

  3. The UK Government and STEM organisations must quickly look to address and reverse worsening inequity within the STEM workforce as a result of the pandemic.

    Read the evidence submissions




    For more information about the equity in the STEM workforce inquiry visit:

    Data analysis brief

    Launch event

    Evidence roundtables

    Post-publication

    Employers' Coalition for STEM Diversity (January 2022)