Providing support across science, technology, engineering and maths for disabled workers, current and aspiring disabled students and their teachers

E equals mc squaredSTEMM-DAC seeks new Independent Chair

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine Disability Advisory Committee (STEMM-DAC) is looking for an experienced, independent Chair to lead us into a new phase of our work, with a new focus on influencing policy development on STEMM disability issues.

STEMM-DAC (formerly STEM Disability Committee) brings together the main academies, learned societies and professional bodies in science, engineering and medicine[1] to speak with a clear authoritative voice on the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM education and employment. Our partnership aims to bring collective action and a strategic approach to strengthening the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM and believes that by working collaboratively and having a common purpose, we can maximise impact.

The Chair of the STEMM Disability Advisory Committee will play a vital role in the leadership and stewardship of our work to influence policy and provision for disabled people studying and working in STEMM. They will help shape the future direction of the work that the Committee undertakes and be an ambassador for disabled people studying and working in STEMM careers.


  • Strong interest and/or knowledge of promoting inclusion for disabled people in education or employment
  • Passionate, dedicated and committed to the values of the Committee in promoting the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM education and employment
  • Confident and credible spokesperson when campaigning for disabled people in STEMM
  • Comfortable in a media setting engaging with audiences
  • Experience of chairing meetings, bringing together different organisations and perspectives
  • The ability to be independent in judgement and decision-making
We estimate that this role will require a commitment of 8-10 days per year (3 meetings, plus a networking conference, preparation time and attendance at other events where necessary). Please note that this is a voluntary appointment and no remuneration is available although all reasonable travel and other expenses will be paid for attendance at meetings and other events. The appointment is for two years in the first instance.

Further Information and to express your interest

For further information about the Committee, its Terms of Reference and a Role Description for Chair, please contact Kal Kohli at the Royal Society (

If you wish to have an informal chat about the role, please contact the Deputy Chair, Jenni Dyer, Head of Diversity at the Institute of Physics on 020 7470 4863 or email

Please send through a short statement (no more than 300 words) explaining your interest in the role and how you meet the requirements to Kal Kohli (, by 19thJune 2015.

[1] BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), General Medical Council, Institute of Physics, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Biology, Science Council, Wellcome Trust.