A number of Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) and other stakeholders have joined forces to promote diversity among their members and registrants, and they signed a Diversity in Engineering concordat at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 7 May to confirm their aims.

The one-page document includes three objectives: all institutions signing will have an action plan in place to:

  • Communicate commitment to equality and inclusion principles
  • Increase diversity amongst those in professional membership and registration
  • Monitor and measure progress

A resource guide has also been developed to support PEIs working towards the concordat and other organisations who wish to increase diversity. Eight PEIs and the Engineering Council signed up:

  • Engineering Council
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Physics
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Royal Aeronautical Society

Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton, welcomed Presidents and other institution representatives to the signing ceremony.

Dame Wendy said: “Signature is just the first step. We will now support the signatories in taking the next steps: defining and implementing action plans; and using the collective strength of this community wherever we can. We also hope to provide this support under the umbrella of the Professional Engineering Forum and would wish to link with and to capitalise on the Engineering Council’s on-going work on the value of professional registration.”

The Academy will be encouraging all 36 Professional Engineering Institutions to sign-up to the concordat in due course. To find out more about the concordat and resource guide, visit:

Engineering Diversity Concordat

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Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton