Our diversity & inclusion work across the sector

BCS works with a large number of groups and organisations across the tech sector to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. Some of our work is described below, along with links to the groups and organisations that we work with.

Royal Academy of Engineering

Engineering Diversity Concordat

BCS is a signatory to the Engineering Diversity Concordat. The Concordat outlines principles and objectives that all professional institutions can commit to in order to increase diversity.

BCS is committed to following key objectives:

  • Communicating our commitment to equality and inclusion principles and practices.
  • Taking actions to increase diversity amongst those in professional engineering membership and registration.
  • Monitoring and measuring progress.
Science Council

Science Council Declaration on Diversity

To measure, monitor and support our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work, BCS has adopted the Diversity Progression Framework. The framework was crafted by the Science Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering and it provides a systematic methodology for implementing EDI measures across organisational functions. The Framework enables BCS to measure the progress that is being made, against a set of industry benchmarks.

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Athena Forum

Athena Forum is an independent and expert voice on the issues of women’s career progression. The organisation represents women working in higher education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) industries.

The Forum is composed of representatives from a plethora of organisations including:

  • The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Institute of Physics
  • London Mathematical Society
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society
  • Royal Society of Biology

BCS leads on the IT and computing issues in the Forum and provides expert advice and evidence-based solution for inclusion of women in the tech sector.

STEMM Disability Advisory Committee

STEMM Disability Advisory Committee

BCS supports initiatives to help to promote the participation of people with a disability in IT. As a member of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Disability Advisory Committee, BCS lends its support to initiatives that recognise the value of speaking with a clear and authoritative voice on the inclusion of disabled people.

Our partnership with the organisation aims to bring about collective action. It guides BCS in the introduction and maintenance of strategic approaches to strengthening the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM.


WISE member

WISE inspires girls and women to study and build careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). BCS works closely with WISE to help support women in IT as it fulfils its ambition to increase the participation, contribution and success of women working in STEM.


Everywoman in Technology awards and forum

Everywoman is recognised globally as the professional organisation that drives the development of women across all business sectors.

Everywoman’s 2017 study, revealed that access to female role models plays a huge role in the retention of female talent, with ‘being able to see what I can be’ cited as the number one factor why women in tech stay in their role.

BCS’ work with Everywoman helps to advance the inclusion and participation of women in IT.

The Everywoman in Technology awards takes place annually and representatives from BCS and its membership attend in order to mark the event, which sees women in various stages of their tech careers receive accolades for their work.



BCS supports InterEngineering, an organisation that provides a welcoming, supportive, safe and confidential space for all LGBT people working in the engineering sector. Members of the group meet in order to share and discuss views, experiences or concerns. The events that the group organises provide ample opportunities for LGBT engineers to discuss improvements the profession could be making and share best practice for growing company support.

Digital Accessibility Specialist Group

Digital Accessibility Specialist Group

The Digital Accessibility Specialist Group is a BCS Member group that promotes the participation of people with disabilities in the IT profession. The Group holds regular meetings and events for members and other disabled people interested in the IT profession.



BCSWomen is a BCS Specialist Group that provides support for female IT professionals and opportunities for women to engage in mentoring. The Group facilitates networking opportunities for women working in IT and works on initiatives that encourage girls and women to enter the IT sector. It celebrates women’s achievements in the sector and organizes events such as the prestigious Lovelace Colloquium.

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CygnetS is a community of those interested in addressing gender equality in computing science. BCS supports their efforts to explore how they can get more women interested in computing, as well as how they can support women already in computing in their careers.

The group is primarily for those in higher education engaged in the Athena SWAN process. That said, they welcome anyone, in education or in industry, with an interest in diversity and inclusion more broadly.

Woman in an electronics lab


STELLAR is an initiative set by BCS past President, Liz Bacon. STELLAR looks for new ways to inspire the next generation of women in the IT sector. The initiative encourages more women to consider careers in science, engineering, mathematics and IT. Through our equality, diversity and inclusion work, we support this network to achieve its aims.

UN Gem Tech award


BCS won the UN Gem Tech award in 2014. When collecting the award on behalf of BCS, Former Chair of BCSWomen, Gillian Arnold, declared it to be a great honour. Ms Arnold said that the accolade “recognises the work we’ve done over the last five years and more to address the issue of gender diversity in the IT profession.”