Our annual reporting on diversity
Embracing diversity in all we do is identified as a cross-cutting theme in the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Strategic Plan because we believe that partnering with Māori and recognising and embracing diversity is essential to the long term success of the Society.
As part of our work to increase diversity we will be reporting on progress with an annual stocktake. We started this process in 2017. As expected, it showed we have a long way to go to build up our diversity. We also have to refine the way we collect data. However, we are committed to achieving our goals, and will work hard to ensure we keep moving towards them.
The data show that the biggest challenges in reaching our targets lie in the Fellowship and Medals area, while there are a number of areas where we are progressing well including expert advice and the overall programme of public talks (totals include talks organised in collaboration with our branches).
There are significant challenges in building diversity in the Fellowship and Medals selection roles. The main difficulty arises from the lack of diversity in our current Fellowship. We worked hard to redress this but it inevitably means a heavier burden on the smaller number of female Fellows available.