The Academy values the diversity and different perspectives that 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, gender or sexual orientation. Everyone at the Academy has a role to play in ensuring that individuals are valued, treated with dignity and respect and that discrimination does not occur.

Every member of staff is responsible for implementing relevant policies, objectives and working practices linked to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure equal 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 activity

The Academy has internal and external programmes of diversity work. The former aims to ensure that the Academy remains at the forefront of good equality and diversity practice; the latter consists of a Diversity in Engineering programme funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which aims to increase diversity in engineering.

In addition to these two work streams, the Academy continues to support and deliver a number of initiatives and activities aimed at increasing diversity in science engineering and technology (SET):

  • The Academy works closely with WISE (formerly the UKRC), which provides information and advisory services to industry, academia, professional institutions, education and research councils, while supporting women entering and progressing SET careers.
    WISE Campaign
  • The Academy is a founder member of the Athena Forum, which was set up in 2008 following on from the Athena Project. Now known as Athena SWAN, it provides a Charter for Higher Education Institutions and departments which can demonstrate commitment to policies and practices that support the progression of women in academic science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical subjects.
    Athena Swan
  • The Academy is a member of the STEM Disability Committee, concerned with improving access to science, technology, engineering and maths subjects in education and careers. An example of the committee’s work is the creation of over 100 new physics and engineering signs in British Sign Language, to help engineers and trainees with hearing impairment learn more effectively and quickly.
    STEM Disability Committee

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For more information on the Academy's Diversity programme, contact the Diversity team .