Physics and: diversity profiles

Physics has a diversity problem: it’s overwhelmingly white, male and middle class.

Without attracting more people from a greater variety of backgrounds, the UK won’t produce the number of science graduates that a high-tech economy needs. And by being subtly deterred from studying physics, women and minorities miss out on the benefits of an intellectually rewarding subject that can lead to highly paid careers.

This policy briefing note outlines the scale of the problems of diversity in physics and explains what the Institute is doing to solve them – and what action government should take to boost our work.