Statistics

We collect and monitor information about equality and diversity across a range of our activities.

Fellowship

Currently, about 6% of the Fellowship are women. Over the last 12 years, about 10% of new Fellows elected to the Royal Society have been female. The first women, Marjory Stephenson FRS and Kathleen Lonsdale FRS, were elected to the Fellowship in 1945.

The numbers of women in the Fellowship are improving steadily through positive steps that we are taking. These include encouraging the nominations of more women for candidacy, ensuring that women are actively sought for recommendation to committees and inviting women as speakers in our programmes in order to increase their exposure at scientific meetings.

Grants

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for excellent young scientists and engineers for whom a flexible working pattern is essential. The University Research Fellowship scheme supports outstanding scientists in the UK at an early to mid-stage of their career who have the potential to become leaders in their field. It provides researchers with maximum flexibility and can be held part-time, and allows sabbaticals, secondments or international experience.

In 2010, a cohort of 40 University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows was appointed, of which 50% were women.

Public events

Members of the public attending public events at the Royal Society are asked to complete a voluntary registration form which contains questions about gender, ethnicity, age range and disability.

At the Summer Science Exhibition 2010 women made up 52% of general visitors and 53% of student visitors. Non-white ethnic minorities made up 16% of general visitors and 34% of student visitors. 7% of general visitors considered themselves disabled.

At our evening lectures and panel discussions during 2010-2011 women made up 48% of visitors. Non-white ethnic minorities made up 16% of visitors. 5% of visitors considered themselves disabled.

Discussion meetings

Members of the scientific community participating in Discussion Meetings at the Royal Society are asked to complete a voluntary registration form which contains questions about gender, ethnicity, age range and disability.

During 2010-2011, 21% of speakers at Discussion Meetings were female and 39% of participants were female. 21% of participants were from an ethnic minority and 2% of participants considered themselves disabled.

Background statistics

In 2004 we produced a report with Warwick University (PDF) about the distribution by gender, age and ethnicity of the UK science and engineering workforce.

Funding to promote equality

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
This grant scheme is for excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture
This prize lecture is made to support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

We also fund other activities to promote equality and diversity.