Useful links

Useful links

External initiatives support and networks

WISE Campaign

The WISE campaign aims to increase the gender balance in the UK’s STEM workforce, pushing the presence of female employees to 30% by 2020. Their services are designed to build and sustain the pipeline of female talent in STEM from classroom to boardroom, boosting the talent pool to drive economic growth.

Women's Engineering Society

The Women's Engineering Society is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.

Forward Ladies

Forward Ladies work with business, creating innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations, which also helps companies to achieve much-needed diversity in leadership and the wider business community.

Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers

AFBE-UK promotes higher achievements in education and engineering particularly among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds. With a mission is to increase the number of BME Engineers who succeed professionally and support young people to explore a career in engineering.


Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into STEM. 

Minorities in STEM

The aim of Minorities in STEM is to create a network that can connect, support and showcase the individuals working and studying within STEM.

Skills 4 UK

Skills 4 is working with WISE to open access to their Career Development and Returners programmes for women working in STEM roles in the advanced manufacturing, engineering and construction sector.

Siemens Education SeeWomen

The Siemens Education SeeWomen project aims to inspire and motivate young girls to pursue STEM careers and challenge gender stereotypes.

External publications and opinion

Royal Society of Edinburgh women in STEM report

A report, published in 2012, providing practical advice on what can be done by those who have a key interest in STEM to harness the full potential of women in science.

The Royal Society – Leading the Way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

This project is investigating ways to remove barriers to entry, retention and progression within the scientific workforce. It focuses on gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic status.

Athene Donald's blog

STEM Women Blog 

Unconscious bias in Higher Education: literature review

Produced by the Equality Challenge Unit, this literature review aims to help higher education institutions to understand unconscious bias, and discover how to reduce its impact.

ASSET 2016: biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences

The Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET) 2016 assessed the current experiences, expectations and perceptions of gender equality in STEMM and academia. ECU have published further results of the ASSET 2016 survey in three new reports that focus on biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences.

Equality Challenge Unit YouTube

Visit ECU's YouTube channel to watch videos from the annual conference and from the Race Equality Charter team.

Measuring Your Gender Pay Gap and Final Reporting Regulations

Learn more about the mandatory requirements of gender pay gap reporting with BUsiness in the Community Gender Pay Gap Toolkit.

Trans staff and students in HE and colleges: improving experiences

Fully updated and revised from the 2010 guidance, the 2016 version is aimed at staff in higher education institutions across the UK and colleges in Scotland, who manage staff or support or teach students.

GENDER-NET analysis report: award schemes, gender equality and structural change

The report shares the results of research undertaken to understand the impact of eight award schemes aimed at advancing gender equality, including the Athena SWAN Charter, and their ability to stimulate gender equality and enact structural change in research institutions.

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2017

Equality Charity Units tenth annual statistical report presents high-level equality data to highlight national issues and support institutional benchmarking.

Equality and diversity in research

VITAE Every Researcher Counts - equality and diversity in researcher careers

Dedicated resources, case studies and stakeholder briefings to improve the understanding of equality and diversity issues amongst those who support and manage researchers within higher education institutions.

External opportunities


The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Daphne Jackson Fellowships help return scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to their careers after a break of two or more years.

Code First Girls

Code First: Girls works with companies and with men and women directly, to help increase the number of women in tech. With the aim to teach 20,000 women to code by the end of 2020 on free and paid for courses.