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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Through our work we aim to cultivate a diverse and inclusive physics community, to increase representation at all levels.


Equity, diversity and inclusion are key pillars in the IOP strategy.

Our work in this area aims to cultivate an inclusive and diverse physics community, and we want to improve representation at all levels. In our policy work, we monitor and evaluate equity, diversity and inclusion in the sector, and advocate for a more representative, welcoming and equitable physics landscape.

Find out more about the IOP’s equity, diversity and inclusion activities.

Our Limit Less campaign is aiming to remove barriers for students wishing to study physics. The Limit Less report informs our drive to dismantle the objects in the way for such students.

Latest policy documents

January 2022

January 2021

April 2018

Physics higher education data dashboards

These interactive reports outline statistics on students and staff in physics departments in UK universities, with trends back to 2010/11, up until the latest data available. Statistics for physics are presented alongside statistics on selected STEM subjects, and the wider university population.

Staff data is broken down by:

  • gender
  • nationality
  • ethnicity
  • age group
  • salary

Student data is available by:

  • gender
  • nationality
  • ethnicity
  • disability
  • Polar quintile
  • Russell Group status
  • State school/private school
  • University region
  • socio-economic background
  • some combinations

Information is split out for students from each UK nation, and for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Additional context is also provided for school, apprenticeship, and graduate demographics and trends in the UK.

View the dashboards