Terms of reference


The members of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine Disability Advisory Committee (STEMM DAC) recognise the value of speaking 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 representatives of the member organisations will work together to contribute to and influence policy development on STEMM disability issues and will seek to use their evidence and expertise to influence government and other leading decision makers. The Committee will aim to ensure that it acts as a point of contact for organisations or individuals seeking to raise issues of concern to disabled people in STEMM, sharing and signposting to relevant resources.

Membership The membership of STEMM DAC shall comprise:

Chair and deputy chair:

Candidates for an independent Chair will be sought by advertisement and asked to apply with a personal statement. A small working group will be set up to review applications, interview and appoint a new Chair.

The members of the Committee will nominate a Deputy Chair from amongst the core membership, who will serve for two years and will take on the role of Chair in the Chair’s absence.

Core members:



The Royal Society will provide secretariat for the Committee, and will work closely with, and support, the Chair. Meetings are hosted by core members on a rota basis.


Working Groups

Members of the STEMM DAC will:


Rules of Engagement and Quorum


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