Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Progression Framework

Launched on 15 December 2016, the D&I Progression Framework helps professional bodies track and plan progress on D&I.

It asks about progress on D&I in the eight areas listed below, by setting out four levels of good practice for each.

  1. Governance and leadership
  2. Membership and professional registration
  3. Meetings, conferences and events
  4. Education and training, accreditation and examinations
  5. Prizes, awards and grants
  6. Communications, marketing, outreach and engagement
  7. Employment
  8. Monitoring and measuring

On a periodic basis, the Science Council and/or the Academy will invite professional bodies to take part in a collective benchmarking exercise. The purpose of this will be to gather examples of good practice, the successes, challenges and priorities on D&I, as well as more quantitative indicators of progress.

The first collective benchmarking exercise is due to take place in 2017. Commencing with a workshop giving all institutions an opportunity to find out more in advance of submitting completed frameworks to the Academy and/or Science Council later on in the year.

For more information, contact the Diversity team or diversity@sciencecouncil.org.

Progression Framework (3.46 MB)

Engineering Diversity Concordat

The concordat outlines principles and objectives all professional engineering institutions (PEIs) can commit to in order to increase diversity. Relevance of the one-page document extends to other organisations wishing to make progress on diversity. 

Engineering Diversity Concordat (68.15 KB)

The professional engineering institutions (PEIs) form the backbone of the engineering profession in the UK. The Academy supports their work in many areas, and the diversity strand of work has resulted in the development of the Engineering Diversity Concordat. So far, 31 PEIs have signed this document, which states that they agree to work towards achieving the following objectives:

  • To communicate commitment to equality and inclusion principles and practices
  • To take action to increase diversity amongst those in professional engineering membership and registration
  • To monitor and measure progress

Concordat resource guide

The guide aims to support PEIs working towards the Engineering Diversity Concordat and other organisations that wish to increase diversity. This resource guide has been compiled by the Royal Academy of Engineering in consultation with a number of professional engineering institutions. However, its use and relevance go beyond engineering to other professions and organisations. 

Engineering Diversity Concordat resource guide (560.69 KB)

Engineering Diversity Concordat signatories

For a list of professional engineering institutions (PEIs) and other organisations signed up to the Engineering Diversity Concordat, click on the link below. 

Engineering Diversity Concordat signatories (132.14 KB)

Diversity guidelines

These guidelines contain steps that professional engineering institutions (PEIs) can take to increase diversity and inclusion. They include examples of action related to marketing and publicity (including IT), recruitment and selection of steering groups and committees, events, monitoring and evaluation, and awards and scheme selection and programme design. 

Diversity guidelines (187.42 KB)