To support an explicit strategic focus on inclusion, the Academy proposed an inclusive cultures project to develop a narrative on the culture of engineering, the extent to which it is inclusive and what can make it more so. It was a joint project across two Academy initiatives - the Diversity and Inclusion Programme and the Engineering Talent Project (ETP), which was keen to develop insight into the culture of engineering employment. The project hinged on buy-in from a core group of engineering companies willing to actively engage in the project by giving access to their employees and promoting the associated survey. The action group consisted of representatives from core companies who steered the project from initiation to the delivery of key messages, findings and recommendations.


The output for the action group is a report which describes the culture of engineering, the extent to which it is inclusive by gender, ethnicity and age, recommendations on what could make engineering more inclusive and a set of inclusiveness indicators. In addition, each individual company that took part in the project received a bespoke confidential report giving insight into the extent of inclusion experienced by their employees.

The report was published on 6 September 2017. 

Report: Creating cultures where all engineers thrive (4.45 MB)

There are also infographics which give insight into the profile of the 6,799 engineers who responded – including engineering and diversity characteristics, and aspects of work/life balance.


David Jenkins, Practice Director Transportation, Atkins

Participating organisations

  • Airbus
  • Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Amey
  • Atkins
  • BAE Systems
  • Bryne Bros
  • CGL
  • KBR
  • Metaswitch
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Mott McDonald
  • Network Rail
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Scott White and Hopkins
  • Semta