Membership Diversity Survey

As a scientific society whose aim is to promote physics and bring physicists together, the IOP needs to ensure that it is representative of the whole population of physicists.

As a scientific society whose aim is to promote physics and bring physicists together, the IOP wants to ensure that it is representative of the whole population of physicists. From a diversity and inclusion perspective, this means that the Institute aims to be fully inclusive and to act, and to be seen to act to ensure where all members or potential members can participate fully in its activities.

In July 2015 the IOP undertook a second survey of its UK membership to understand their diversity profile. This survey has provided valuable information that will help the IOP to continue our commitment to make our services accessible to all, and to implement policies and practices that are fair, inclusive and effective.

An infographic booklet showing all of the complete set of responses can be downloaded via the publications page

  • All UK-based IOP members were asked to complete a short online diversity survey covering Age; Gender; Ethnicity; Sexuality, Disability; Religion/Belief
  • The response rate was 13%
  • 69.9% of respondents were male 28% were female and 1.4% other
  • 44.2% of survey respondents were under 30. The age profiles were similar to the IOP’s UK membership profile as a whole
  • The majority of respondents were White British/Irish/other (88.8%) with total black and minority ethnic (BME) respondents being 9.8%. The 16-19 membership category were the most ethnically diverse with 20.5% of respondents being from BME groups.
  • 9% of respondents declared that they had a disability, with 18% declaring a mental health condition
  • 12% of respondents identified their sexuality as being other than heterosexual.
  • 16% of females that responded had caring responsibilities and 13% of males
  • Just over 60% of respondents reported that they had no religion or belief or were atheist and 28.5% were Christian