Future Directions in STEMM for People with Disabilities

Date: 17 March 2016

Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

This conference will bring together employers, education support workers, service providers and others involved in the transition of disabled people within education, and between education and the world of work or apprenticeship. It aims to increase understanding and awareness of good practice, advice and information to manage transitions and the progression of disabled people in STEMM. Through dialogue and opportunities to share good practice, the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Medicine Disability Advisory Committee (STEMM-DAC) aims to better understand the role it can play in complementing work currently underway.

The conference programme will include a panel session, breakout groups and speakers with the aim of sharing good practice into what currently exists to support transitions. The conference will conclude with a networking session giving delegates an opportunity to make contacts to further develop their work in this area.

Delegates who attend will be given the tools and opportunity to develop plans to further enhance the support they provide and provide feedback to STEMM-DAC on what else needs to happen to become more effective in this vital area.

To register now, please use the following link:

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Targeting funding for disabled students in Higher Education from 2016/17 onwards: Response from the STEMM Disability Advisory Committee

We prepared a report on the proposal of the introduction of targeted funding for disabled students of higher education (HE). In forming our response, all our member bodies were consulted. The STEMM Disability Advisory Committee welcomes the government’s efforts to ensure that the higher education learning environment is accessible to all students. We agree that a move to a more inclusive learning environment at all levels of education, training and employment is a positive step. As demand for workers with high-level science qualifications increases, the UK needs to encourage and facilitate more people to study science-based subjects. Higher education plays a valuable role in training a highly-skilled science workforce.

In the report, we highlight a number of issues regarding the specialist support often required by disabled STEMM students, particularly around the lack of expert and specialist knowledge that exists in HE. We want to make certain that disabled STEMM students do not face additional disadvantages as a result of the government’s proposals.

Our full response can be found here.

Collecting Stories for our website

We are keen to highlight and share the stories of those who love studying or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) and also have a disability. If that is you, we would be delighted if you would consider writing a short piece (around 400 words) for our website to share your STEMM story.

In particular, in your piece it would be interesting to hear:

If you are happy to do so, please send your name and a photograph along with your written piece to