Fellowship diversity statistics

The Academy is committed to working towards diversity and equality of opportunity both in the organisation, practices and work of the Academy, and in the wider academic workforce. As part of this, we provide annual breakdowns of the make-up of our Fellowship as part of our annual diversity report. For the Fellowship, this includes a detailed breakdown of the make-up of candidates, panel members and Fellows elected.



  • Gender data collection for the Fellowship is very good. Less than 1 in 5 Fellows are female (19%). [In 2017-18, 21.3% of UK Professors in science, technology and engineering were female]. However since 1998, the percentage of women Fellows elected to the Academy per year has increased from 7% to 33%.
  • Ethnicity data collection for the Fellowship is good. The Fellowship in total is 6% Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group. [In 2017-18, 9.7% of UK Professors in science, technology and engineering were from these groups]. Of the four Black Fellows the Academy has ever had, three were elected in 1998 as Founder Fellows. Of the 1129 other people elected through the normal Fellowship election process over the past 20 years, only one person is Black. The Fellowship remains less than 0.2% Black. [In 2017-18, in the fields of science, engineering and technology, there are 40 Black people at professorial level in UK higher education institutions.]
  • Disability data collection for the Fellowship is poor.
  • The Fellowship is split roughly 50:50 between clinical and non-clinical researchers.

For more information about our ongoing work towards diversity and equality of opportunity, please visit our dedicated equality and diversity main page.

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