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15 June 2022 - Diversity and inclusion in STEM - Oral evidence

Committee Science and Technology Committee
Inquiry Diversity and inclusion in STEM

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Start times: 9:20am (private) 9:30am (public)

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Ministers and UKRI to face questions on diversity and inclusion in STEM

The Science Minister, School Standards Minister and Equalities Minister will face questions from the Commons Science and Technology Committee on actions taken by the Government to address diversity and inclusion issues in STEM.

Likely areas of questioning

MPs have heard in evidence to date stark figures on underrepresentation in STEM including that less than 1% of science professors are black. Ministers will also be questioned on other key issues revealed in previous sessions of the inquiry such as the large gender gap in A-level physics, teacher shortages and that there are no women scientists represented in the national curriculum.

This final session of the Committee’s inquiry will also hear from the head of UKRI and examine actions taken to address bias in science funding policy. The Science Minister is also likely to be questioned on recent reports regarding the UK’s plans with regards to association with Horizon Europe.

Meeting details

At 9:20am: Private discussion
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At 9:30am: Oral evidence
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Minister for School Standards at Department for Education
Director General, Skills at Department for Education
At 10:15am: Oral evidence
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Minister of State for Equalities at Government Equalities Office
Director at Equality Hub
Head of Gender and Workplace Equality at Equality Hub
At 11:00am: Oral evidence
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Chief Executive at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Minister for Science, Research and Innovation at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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