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Diversity in UK Science Barely Changed in a Decade, Report Finds

  • Only 11% of UK math professors are women, review shows
  • Country has no black, male postdoctoral physics researchers

A lack of diversity in UK science has barely changed in almost 10 years, according to a report that comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledges to make pupils continue to study math until age 18.

The conclusions of a review on women and science from 2014 still apply today, a “sadly notable” reality, the government’s science and technology committee said Friday. No female scientists are explicitly mentioned in the current national curriculum, which decides what children are taught at school, the committee’s review found.