The Diversity & Inclusion programme’s (D&IP) activities are directed through the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group (DILG) of engineering employers and employer-led organisations and the Engineering Diversity Concordat (EDC) of PEIs. The diversity team also works closely with a number of third-sector organisations to deliver projects aiming to improve diversity and inclusion within the profession.

The D&IP strategy 2016-2020 builds on progress made so far by setting out the vision and mission of the programme:


An inclusive engineering profession that inspires attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society.


Leading the engineering profession to challenge the status quo, stimulate cultural change and improve diversity and inclusion.

The programme has three strategic aims: providing insight to remove barriers to D&I in engineering employment and professional registration; engaging in partnerships to remove barriers to increasing D&I and delivering impact through communications.

Strategic aims

Providing insight to remove barriers to D&I in engineering employment and professional registration

  • Analyse data and information to quantify and provide narrative on diversity and inclusion in the engineering skills pipeline and across engineering employment and professional institutions

Engaging in partnerships to remove barriers to increasing D&I

  • Collaborate and partner with the Academy internally, engineering employers, professional engineering institutions and others to remove barriers to progressing diversity and inclusion

Delivering impact through communications

  • Communicate solutions, good practice and research to effectively remove barriers; and celebrate progress and success

“We have learnt a lot during the last five years about the nature of the diversity and inclusion challenge and approaches that work. We are on a journey in an industry that is changing and so we need to evolve as we enter the next phase.

Our focus going forward is to be more explicitly centred on what we can do well to galvanise the profession and increase inclusion.

We will build on our successful activities and find ways to collaborate with others to help deliver the diversity and inclusion we aspire to across all fields of engineering.”

Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng, Director at Arup and Chair of the Academy Diversity and Inclusion Committee