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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is committed to supporting, embedding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the Network and Foundation Industries.

The Network is working with Innovate UK to support EDI in the following themes:

– Encouraging Talent – Developing Skillset – Highlighting Success – Tackling Culture – Ensuring Inclusive Activities-

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Future-Proofing Your Workforce (FPYW) was a 6-month project delivered under the umbrella of Transforming Founding Industries Network + in June-December 2023.

FPYW was delivered by a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in the arts and humanities, design and creative practice: Prof. Rachel Van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield) and colleagues from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London: Prof. Amanda Crawley Jackson, Dr. Silvia Grimaldi and Polly Nash. The academic team engaged 3 businesses from different foundation industry sectors – glass, ceramics and aggregates – to pilot a unique development and coaching proposition that aims to empower businesses to co-design and deliver EDI culture change, using innovative top-down/bottom-up approaches, participatory methodologies and principles of co-production.

A summary of the methodology and findings is available in the report here.


Read the latest study by Innovate UK on the current EDI landscape in the Foundation Industries


Read the full EDI strategy published by Innovate UK as part of the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge.


The Network has developed a action plan to support the implementation of Innovate UK EDI strategy

Read the full report from the TFI Network+ EDI Workshop

Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ held a virtual workshop in March 2022 discussing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Foundation Industries. Read the full report now

Support Networks

Networks supporting career development and networking for under-represented groups

Women in Materials, Minerals and Mining (WIM3)

Women’s Engineering Society (WES)

Global Cement and Concrete Network Association Womens Network

Equal Engineers – Supporting underrepresented students on their journey into the engineering and technology industry.

IOM3 Pride – Provide support for members of IOM3 who identify as LGBTQIA+


We have collated resources from across science and engineering to support EDI within the Foundation Industries

Royal Academy of Engineering – Roadmaps, reports and resources supporting EDI within engineering

This is Engineering – a series of videos and images showcasing the diversity of engineering

Northern Power Inclusion Matters – 2021 project producing guidance for EDI, networking, mentoring and more

Innovate UK Future Leaders Fellowship – funding to support research and innovation

American Ceramics Society (UK Chapter) – EDI resources and support in the ceramics sector

We are always looking to improve the service we provide to all sectors within the Foundation Industries. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on anything within our Network, including our website, content, user experience and more. Feedback can be sent anonymously through our form, or emailed to us directly.

TFI Network+ is committed to supporting, embedding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the network.

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