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ED&I Case Study: Materials Processing Institute

ED&I Case Study: Materials Processing Institute

ED&I Case Study: Materials Processing Institute

The TransFIRe ED&I team recently visited the Materials Processing Institute and facilitated a focus group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (E,D&I).

During this visit they found out first-hand about the Institute's ongoing journey to drive forward and integrate our equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy.

This Case Study is based on what they saw and heard from Institute colleagues who participated in this focus group, and it outlines and demonstrates the positive impact of the Institute's progressive and forward-thinking strategy to integrate ED&I.

Link to ED&I Case Study -

Personal Statement from the Chief Executive Officer

Many businesses have a dignity at work commitment as part of their corporate commitments to their workforce, but here at the Materials Processing Institute, it is much more personal.

Founded in 1944 to be the UK’s national centre for metals innovation, there is only one core value of the Institute, ‘integrity’. As colleagues at the Institute, our commitment to this value sets our relationships with one another, our clients, suppliers, and the wider community. We have a great culture based on integrity and mutual respect, where every colleague is valued for their contribution to the team.

I believe it is the everyday lived experience that really makes a difference to people and so it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. I am personally committed to expanding our diversity beyond traditional groups in industry and for anyone considering joining our team, my message is ‘come as you are, and you will be welcome’.

Chris McDonald

Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute

About Transfire

TransFIRe is funded by UKRI under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Transforming Foundation Industries challenge. This challenge aims to develop innovative technology to reduce energy and resource use within the foundation industries – which include the cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and bulk chemicals sectors. The projects will look at new ways to reduce waste and energy use and in a new research facility to accelerate development of promising clean technologies.

25 May 2023