Research published today by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) finds that women employed in academia in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) report significant disadvantages across their working life – including barriers to training, caring responsibilities, and greater administrative duties.

The Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET) 2016 assessed the current experiences, expectations and perceptions of gender equality in STEMM and their intersections with ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age.

The Royal Academy of Engineering, together with The Royal Society, the Royal Society of Biology and The Academy of Medical Sciences commissioned ECU to design, implement and publish the 2016 version of the ASSET survey that covered six aspects of academics’ working life:

  • perceptions of gender equality
  • recruitment
  • job and career
  • caring responsibilities, leave and career breaks
  • training and leadership

Full information on the survey and its findings are available at the ECU website:

ASSET 2016

The Royal Academy of Engineering is running a programme to increase diversity and inclusion across the engineering profession

  • Vision: An inclusive engineering profession that inspires attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society.
  • Mission: Leading the engineering profession to challenge the status quo, stimulate cultural change and improve diversity and inclusion.

The programme has five strategic aims: challenge the status quo; demonstrate leadership; sustain and extend current relationships; communicate and consult; and publicise success measures and benchmarks.

Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Programme

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: Aaron Boardley