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The Academy's Diversity Programme

The Academy is committed to diversity in all its activities. Through our own approach and active cooperation with others across the profession we aim to increase diversity and improve access to science, engineering and technology (SET) professions.

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society are funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to run a programme of work aimed at addressing the issue of diversity in the STEM workforce. The programme, originally funded for 4 but this has now been extended by an additional year which means the programme has funding till the end of March 2016.

The Academy works with the Royal Society across a number of areas of overlap including data gathering, pilot activities, showcasing role models, and more recently, in running a joint Wikipedia edit-a-thon to raise the profile of prominent women in STEM . Both organisations work together on events when launching research findings and programme activities.

The programme has established productive links with key stakeholders, particularly professional engineering institutions (PEIs) and engineering employers. The other focus of the programme continues to be proactively collaborating with partner organisations and to deliver activities and research that supplement the existing literature and evidence available surrounding diversity.

To find out more about activities related to the programme visit our News and Events.

Academy Equal Opportunities Statement

At the Academy, we value diversity and different perspectives people from different backgrounds bring to their work and the engineering profession. It is the Academy's policy to ensure that no Fellow or candidate for Fellowship, award or grant applicant or recipient, job applicant or employee, visitor or event participant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation. Everyone at the Academy has a role to play in ensuring individuals are valued, treated with dignity and respect and that discrimination does not occur.

Every member of staff is responsible for ensuring they read and implement relevant policies, objectives and working practices linked to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that all Fellows, candidates for Fellowship, award or grant applicants or recipients, job applicants and employees, visitors and event participants are accorded equality opportunity at all stages of engagement with the Academy. The Academy will tackle barriers to participation and create a culture in which equal opportunities and equal treatment are a priority for all Fellows, staff, applicants for grants and awards and others who engage with the Academy.

Academy Schemes and Awards

In additional to the Diversity Programme, the Academy continues to support and deliver a number of initiatives and activities aimed at increasing diversity in SET:

CEO Charter logoThe Academy has signed up to the UKRC’s CEO Charter as a visible commitment to increasing women in SET.


Best Programme: to encourage early career engineers and undergraduates from a wide range of backgrounds, including women and members of ethnic minority and socially deprived communities, to fully exploit their potential by embracing SET careers.

Athena Forum: The Academy is a founder member of the Athena Forum, which was set up in 2008 following on from the Athena Project. Its focus is to provide a strategic oversight of developments particularly aimed at supporting women in science, technology, mathematics and medicine in UK higher education. Within this area, the Academy also supports the Athena SWAN Charter as a Steering Committee member.


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