Royal Academy of Engineering celebrates LGBT STEM day 2019

RAEng rainbow Pride logo The Academy is marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender+ (LGBT+) STEM day, on Friday 5 July, with a series of initiatives to develop a more inclusive culture for all engineers.


Why focus on sexual orientation? 

Academy research of engineers showed LGB* engineers felt 35% less likely to be open about their sexual orientation than heterosexual engineers. At the same time the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, found that LGBT-inclusive companies attract better talent, increased retention and have had stock prices increase by an average of 6.5%. Diversity and Inclusion adds up. One in five LGBT people have experienced hate crime and  68% of LGBT workers have faced sexual harassment at work.


What is the Academy doing around LGBT STEM day?

Pride at the Academy

The Academy will take part in the London PRIDE parade on Saturday 6 July, as it celebrates 50 years of activism, protests and victories such as the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. 


The Power of Numbers: The importance of Measuring Diversity

This panel event, organised jointly with InterEngineering, will discuss the power of data, contrasting the challenging experiences with ways forward. The event will be chaired by Mark McBride-Wright with a panel including:

  • Lord Brown of Madingley
  • Jane Francis - Head of Diversity & Inclusion, EDF Energy
  • Rhys Morgan - Director Education, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Mark Phillips - Director of Communications, BAE Systems
  • Jennifer Dyer - Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Institute of Physics
  • Jane Francis - Head of D&I at EDF Energy and champion of their LGBT Network

Tools and resources

We have a wealth of resources, including case studies, linked to LGBT inclusion and more partner material on the LGBT History month 2019 celebration page.  

If you would like to know more or take part in any LGBT+ activities, please contact the D&I team.


*The Creative Cultures where all engineers thrive survey did not have sufficient transgender responses to maintain anonymity, so only findings from lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) engineers are reported.