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Institute of Physics

Equal opportunities and diversity

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. We seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

We are working towards the vision of an inclusive profession that attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and is reflective of the society it seeks to serve. A diverse and inclusive physics community is essential to a healthy physics ecosystem. For physics to realise its potential in the world, it must be open, inclusive and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. We work to ensure we understand more about the causes of inequality so that we can start to address them and see the change that we want to see. We recognise both the legal and the ethical case for diversity, but we also recognise the business case.

Our strategy, ‘Unlocking the Future’, identifies ‘diversity and skills’ as one of the three great challenges we will be working to tackle. Integrity and openness are at the heart of everything we do at the Institute of Physics (IOP). We firmly believe in equality of opportunity for all, confronting barriers to inclusiveness and participation wherever we encounter them. These core values express who we are and how we behave as an organisation.

We welcome applications that reflect the diversity of communities and particularly encourage nominations from under-represented groups. We welcome applications from women, people of Black-Caribbean, Black-African and other minority ethnic (BAME) heritage, people with disabilities, LGBT+ individuals and people from disadvantaged backgrounds as these are under-represented in Physics.