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.

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The Officers and Members of the APPG are listed below. All Officers were elected at the APPG's AGM on 27 April 2023.

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2022 Project

In Autumn 2021, the APPG put out a ‘Call for Ideas’ to invite submissions of potential activities for the APPG to focus on in the new year. From the 20+ submissions received and following feedback from members of the APPG, the Secretariat chose the final concept - Regional STEM Skills Inequity. This was evolved from an initial submission by Engineering UK. Responses submitted, who consented to online publication, can be accessed via the below link.

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The APPG will be commissioning data mapping of skills inequity in the UK. This data analysis, on a constituency level, will help to understand how skills provision varies across the UK and intersects with regional inequity. It will identify the place-based barriers to STEM and examine links between minoritised communities and STEM access.

We hope that it will act as a tool to influence funding decisions, support previous recommendations of the APPG and provide quantitative data to help to further build the case for systemic change.

The Secretariat is currently scoping in-depth what this data analysis should look like and the work will progress over Autumn 2022, culminating in early 2023. Updates and opportunities for engagement will be posted on this page.