Do you work in science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine (STEMM)? Are you an employer in a STEMM or a STEMM-related sector with real-life examples or case studies that have increased the diversity of your workforce?

We want to hear about the best recruitment and retention initiatives in the UK, those you are most proud of because of the difference they have made, and in return help bring you the recognition you deserve.

Call for case studiesPhoto credit: Medical Research Council

As part of the Royal Society’s diversity programme Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), we are searching for small, medium and large STEMM employers that are leading the way in promoting diversity in the scientific workforce. We particularly welcome case studies from small and medium sized enterprises and those from emerging industries.

We want to promote and showcase the best examples in recruitment and retention where actions, policies, practices or initiatives have successfully improved the diversity of the scientific workforce, in particular the representation of women, disabled people and those from minority ethnic groups.

We are calling for the submission of best practice case studies on increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. We will showcase the selected case studies on our diversity hub and promote these to the scientific community. Our diversity hub will also hold reports, videos and toolkits from our diversity programme as well as highlighting existing resources and materials located elsewhere.

Case studies written in the first person by an employee from an underrepresented group where a particular initiative, activity, policy or practice has had a positive impact on entry, progression or retention within a STEMM industry for the individual are particularly welcome.

How to submit a case study

Case studies should:

  • Focus on a particular action or initiative that has increased, improved or managed the recruitment or retention of underrepresented groups.
  • Present the process followed being as specific as possible.
  • Discuss lessons learnt or challenges faced.
  • Provide evidence of impact and identify any knowledge gaps.

If you have any questions or if you require any support or guidance in developing a case study then please contact Polly Williams, Diversity Programme Manager, on 020 7451 2571 or email

Steering Group

This project is led by a Steering Group of scientific and policy experts. Professor Dame Julia Higgins DBE FREng FRS is chair of the Steering Group.

Diversity at the Royal Society

We actively promote and increase diversity through our work.

Diversity Matters blog

We link to interesting posts about diversity in science on our blog.