In February 2021 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
All interim summaries are available on the APPG website. A summary of the consultation I particpated in is also available: Mapping inequity across the STEM workforce and Protected Characteristics.
I am proud to have contributed to the final report on Equity in the STEM workforce by the APPG on Diversity in STEM. The report is now available from the British Science Association website.