I was invited to contribute to a round table discussion for the APPG on Diversity in STEM current enquiry on Equity in the STEM workforce. I talked about:
- highlighted the types of barriers disabled people face entering and progressing in a STEM career
- disability statistics from the Higher Education sector (staff and students)
- the lack of representation of disabled people in research and teaching in HEIs, particularly at or above professorial grade
- barriers to disclosing disability
- lack of fellowships, grants, recruitment rounds exclusive for disabled people – akin to L’oreal Women in Science or BAME PhD scholarships etc. No equivalent for disabled researchers exists in our sector.
- drew examples from my lived experience
- provided recent reports and research papers relevant to this enquiry