The Diversity Programme

The Diversity Programme was established with the aim of cultivating an inclusive, sustainable, diverse and vibrant physics community which is reflected in our membership and governing bodies.

Recognising the under-representation of certain groups within physics, the Diversity Programme seeks to identify barriers to participation. We aim to use evidence-based research to create models of good practice, breaking down barriers and encouraging, engaging and including diverse groups.

We recognise the case for diversity is more than just legislative; success of our organisation and our physics community relies on our ability to recruit, nurture and retain the richest mix of talent. We are keen to ensure that all those who wish to engage with us and with physics education and careers have the opportunity to do so.

The Diversity Programme is overseen by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and guided by our 2019 – 2023 strategy; Unlocking the Future.

Some of our current initiatives include:

  • Project Juno gender equality award scheme to address employment and gender equality in university physics departments and the work place
  • the LGBT+ physical sciences network coordinated by the IOP, Royal Astronomical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry
  • building momentum towards inclusive learning and teaching: a guide to good practice in undergraduate physics
  • we are a core member of the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) Disability Advisory Committee
  • adopting the IOP own Project Juno principles and working towards achieving the equivalent of Juno Champion as an organisation
  • holding national workshops, seminars, conferences and other events on diversity in STEM issues
  • signatories to the RAEng concordat demonstrating our commitment to the principles of equality and inclusion, and the promotion of these principles throughout our work
  • proactively contributing to strategic activities, committees and forums for diversity and inclusion issues relevant to the STEM community
  • leading the membership diversity survey, a four yearly survey of the IOP UK membership to understand their diversity profile
  • diversity and inclusion work with schools, teachers and students under 19, including the Gender Action schools award scheme,. Resources can be found on our education pages

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