About the stories

There are already many disabled people studying and working across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) and the STEMM Disability Committee is committed to encouraging more to do the same. Stories on this page reflect the experiences of disabled people working and studying across a range of STEMM disciplines – some at the beginning of their studies and careers whilst others have been working and studying in STEMM for a number of years. We hope you find these stories interesting and inspiring.

"I strongly believe that anyone can achieve their goals and fulfil their dreams if they are willing to work hard and perhaps make the odd sacrifice here and there". (Ellen Marie McGowan - PhD in volcanic processes at Lancaster University)
"I feel like encouraging younger people which hopefully will give them an insight on where to start a career in their desired interests". (Harry Barton - Advanced Practical Engineering Apprentice, Rolls-Royce plc)

Sharing your story

If you have a disability and would like to share your story please send a short piece (around 400 words) along with your name, a photograph, the name of the course you are studying or job title, to diversity@royalsociety.org. When putting together you written piece include information on: what you enjoy about studying or working in STEMM; what you do day-to-day in your work or study; what your biggest challenge to date has been and how have you overcome it; and what the highlight of your career has been so far and/or what you are hoping to go on to do in the future?