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NPL challenges stereotypes in the STEM sector

NPL has today (1st February) launched its new Diversity and Inclusion campaign, ‘Stronger Together, Everyone Matters’ to challenge the stereotypes that can influence people’s decisions to work in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector.

Stereotypes around STEM fields, who can work and excel in them and what a scientist or engineer looks like have long been associated with reduced STEM engagement amongst minority groups.  

We have been on a journey of organisational change, and we continue to expand our knowledge while taking action to fulfil the goals set out in our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. But we recognise that there is more to do and more to learn. Within our own organisation there are hidden stories and experiences that are not often shared or heard. 

Through our Stronger Together, Everyone Matters initiative we will be showcasing not only the range of careers available in an organisation like ours, but also the diversity of people that do them. Each with unique experiences and perspectives, helping us to deliver our world-leading science and engineering.

We will be featuring real stories from colleagues across a wide range of backgrounds and careers, each sharing different experiences and advice in their own words. As our colleagues share their journeys, we hope that they will inspire others to join organisations like NPL and showcase that there is a place for everyone in STEM because diverse perspectives make us better.

To build an environment where our people feel their differences are valued and where they feel empowered to bring their genuine selves to work, we need to encourage discussions and meaningful actions.  

Dr Peter Thompson, CEO, NPL, said: “I’m delighted to launch NPL’s Stronger Together, Everyone Matters Diversity and Inclusion campaign. Creating an

environment where our people feel safe to share their unique perspectives is important to us. Over the coming months, you will be able to follow our campaign as it grows and we hope that the conversations that have started within our own organisation, will continue into others.

Jodene Young, Chief People Officer, NPL, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for our people to become an inspiration very early in people’s careers and in their lives. I want us to reach children in their formative stages when they are making key decisions about their future. This is an opportunity to show them people who look like them, for them to be able to relate to someone working in our sector.”

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01 Feb 2024