It is still the case that women, disabled people and those from ethnic-minorities or socially-disadvantaged groups are consistently underrepresented, particularly at senior levels, in science and engineering. On the basis of equality alone, any barriers to individuals, or groups, entering and succeeding in science and engineering should be removed. With an annual shortfall of 40,000 STEM skilled workers, there is also an economic need to improve diversity in STEM in the UK.

Our work focuses on keeping diversity in STEM high on the political agenda, monitoring the state of diversity in STEM education and the workforce, and advocating for policies and actions that will contribute to improving diversity in STEM.