Equality, diversity and inclusion

IPEM is committed to promote proactively  a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within our discipline as a professional body and as an employer.  Our Equality Action Plan implements this commitment and our policy can be found here If you have any comments or resources which you think would be useful to share with our members please contact Eva McClean.   Inclusiveness is one of our three main strategic values.

Our commitment


By signing the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Engineering Diversity Concordat in October 2013 and the Science Council's diversity declaration in October 2014  we agreed to achieve the following objectives:




  As part of  this commitment we were involved in the development  of and are participating in the  Diversity and Inclusion Progression Framework for professional bodies.   A series of events introducing this framework and some individual feedback about our process was followed by a benchmarking event which summarised and compared the results from all participating engineering and science professional bodies.  More information about the framework and all reports can be found here. 

The next step is about identifying and implementing actions from these findings and we were 
asked by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Science Council to participate in the Steering Group tasked with this.  



Examples of  specific action we have taken:


  • Created blogs and documents to highlight special days like LGBTSTEM Day and the International Day of People with Disabilities  (See our "Creating Inclusive Documents" publication here)
  • Encouraged female members to apply for Fellowship, to redress the gender balance in this area of membership which currently has only 10% female members.
  • Featured members of different ages, gender and ethnic backgrounds in our careers and other materials and videos.
  • Provided all staff with training on good equality and diversity practice, and undertaken diversity monitoring of all staff and job applicants.
  • Communicated relevant research and information to our members, for example the reports for employers listed below.
  • Promoted relevant events and activites such as WISE and National Inclusion Week.
  • Invited members to form networks for any specific groups within the membership, if they wish to do so.  Read an article from our Disability Network Mentor here

Understanding unconscious bias

As part of IPEM’s continuing policy of promoting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion, the Board of Trustees have undertaken training on recognising and dealing with unconscious bias.

We have put together a  Training Document (based on a similar one of the Royal Society) and encourage all members who take part in selection, interview or awards panels to complete this training (can be used for CPD), which will help them to recognise their own unconscious bias.  The link to this is here.

Feedback from members

"I'd like to say that as a member of the LGBTQ+ community the fact that IPEM is taking these issues seriously is quite assuring"

"The unique challenges that are put in our paths, which reflect our backgrounds and individuality, most certainly differ and we are grateful they are being addressed by IPEM.”

Diversity and Equality Information 

  An analysis of the diversity in STP applications 
Courtesy of the BAME Clinical Scientist Trainee Network 
   UK Government National LGBT Survey 2019
   LGBT in Britain - Health Report

 Produced by Stonewall following a YouGov Survey

   Report from the Royal Academy of Engineering:

 Creating cultures where all engineers thrive


 A House of Commons and InterEngineering Report:

 Engineering Action:  Tackling Homophobia in Engineering
   A report from the Royal Academy of Engineering:
ncreasing diversity and inclusion in engineering – a case study toolkit - See more at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/diversity-in-engineering/bis-programme/employers#sthash.Eeb9SNVM.dpuf
Increasing diversity and inclusion in engineering – a case study toolkit - See more at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/diversity-in-engineering/bis-programme/employers#sthash.Eeb9SNVM.dpuf

Increasing diversity and inclusion in engineering -
 a case study toolkit

A report from NHS Employers about Diversity and inclusion

The Power of research in driving change: How to use research and data to promote inclusive workplaces


A Stonewall report from a YouGov Survey on 

"Unhealthy Attitudes" in Health and Social Care


Royal Academy of Engineering - videos

The Royal Academy of Engineering, InterEngineering and Mott MacDonald have produced a series of videos profiling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) engineers. On 1st February 2017 Fiona Wall, IPEM's VP External, attended the video launch event on our behalf.   To read Fiona's blog click here

The findings of the report on "Creating Inclusive cultures where all engineers thrive" were also summarised in a video.


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