Our status as the provider of the UK’s foremost STEM returners’ scheme ensures that we make a meaningful input in the STEM policy and gender equality arenas.

Talented and highly trained researchers who do not return to STEM careers after a break for family, caring or health reasons represent a substantial loss to UK plc. That this situation exists in the context of a growing UK STEM skills shortage should be a concern to all of us.

We are committed to reaching out to all of our stakeholders and audiences, engaging with organisations with common goals to progress the issues of research returners, gender and diversity within STEM. We work proactively with Government, policy makers, NGOs, learned societies and professional bodies, contributing to policy development, responding to submissions, providing expert speakers, and generating news spots and blogs. Within the parliamentary sphere, we are committed supporters of the Women & Work, and Diversity & Inclusion in STEM All Party Parliamentary Groups and a member organisation of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.

We have established ourselves as a source of expertise within the policy arena with regard to women returners in scientific careers. Examples include contributions to work undertaken by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (2013 study into returning qualified female engineers returning to industry); the Royal Society Diversity Steering Group; the Science Council Diversity Group; the Commons Science & Technology Select Committee (2013/14 Inquiry on Women in academic STEM careers); and the Campaign for Science & Engineering. We also work closely with Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter initiative.

Examples of some of our previous policy work can be found here and links to the relevant policy sections of some of the organisations with whom we collaborate can be found here.

We would be pleased to hear from organisations wishing to engage with the Trust on STEM returners, equality and diversity.

Please contact Tim Julier, Executive Officer at the Daphne Jackson Trust for more information.