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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

HESA data briefs 2021

These data briefs outline statistics on students and staff in physics departments in UK universities and cover the academic year 2010/11 through to 2018/19 (students) and 2020/21 (staff). Statistics for physics are presented alongside statistics on selected STEM subjects.

In the staff brief the selected subjects are:

  • Biosciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Electronic and electrical and computer engineering
  • IT, systems sciences and computer software engineering

The data is broken down by gender, nationality, ethnicity, age group and salary.

In the student brief the selected STEM subjects are:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Electronic and electrical engineering
  • Mathematics

The data is broken down by gender, nationality, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic background.

Physics Staff in UK Universities (PDF, 12.2MB)
Physics Students in UK Universities (PDF, 3MB)