The Royal Academy of Engineering (the Academy) provides leadership and promotes excellence across all fields of engineering, to the benefit of society. It has an ambitious programme which aims to increase diversity and inclusion across the engineering profession.

The Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) was established in 2013 as a collaborative group of around 40 engineering employers, institutions and sector skills councils, to take action to increase diversity across engineering employment. It is a high level strategic group that shares the vision of increasing the diversity of the engineering workforce in the UK. The drive for making this change comes primarily from the imperative to increase the supply of suitably skilled workforce members, in order to reduce the engineering skills gap in the UK. A secondary driver for being more inclusive to a wider demographic is the strength derived from greater diversity of thought and approach to innovation. In this context, diversity encompasses gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background and age. The group is action-orientated, providing a forum for agreeing strategic priorities for collaborative action, by employers, across engineering sectors.

Six months after its inception, the DLG identified three key themes to focus on in its quest to increase diversity. The subgroups below were identified towards the end of 2013 and began meeting in the early part of 2014 to develop and progress work under each theme. In addition, to act as a sounding board for DLG ideas and action in relation to the three key themes, a fourth subgroup of early career engineers was also convened.