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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Diversity and inclusion in STEM

Science and Technology Committee
Diversity and inclusion in STEM

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Start times: 9.20am (private) 9.30am (public)

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The Science and Technology Committee explore the underrepresentation of women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds and disabled people throughout the STEM education pathway, in a session taking place during British Science Week.

In the first panel, MPs will explore the perceived barriers to certain groups pursing STEM subjects, the implications of underrepresentation as well as the possible solutions that could be implemented across schools, hearing the current experiences of teachers.

In the second panel, the Committee will discuss the picture in academia, including inequality seen in research funding decisions and processes. UKRI data show that ethnic minority researchers are awarded grants at a lower rate and the value of the grants that are awarded are on average 20% lower. Following the first evidence session of the inquiry last month, the inquiry was renamed Diversity and Inclusion in STEM.

Meeting details

At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Diversity and inclusion in STEM
Senior Fellow at Institute for Government and Senior Adviser, Ark
CEO at Teach First
Assistant Principal at Kingsley Academy
At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Diversity and inclusion in STEM
Professor of Materials Science and representative at University of Cambridge and The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research and STEMM
Professor of Neuroscience at Royal Holloway University of London


Room 8, Palace of Westminster

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