The Medicines Manufacturing Challenge is committed to supporting the wider industry on its’ equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) journey.

The Challenge is approaching the journey through qualitative and quantitative methods:

  • Listening and connecting, by organising workshops and creating an EDI community
  • Data driven actions, by creating an EDI survey to collect and understand the protected characteristics of all participants we have funded (from technicians involved on our funded projects to senior business partners)

Webinar recording and slides are now available

Find the slides here.

 

Why do we need an EDI survey?

We need a baseline of the project participants who have been funded by the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge. The baseline will help us understand the protected characteristics of the participants we have funded, and importantly the characteristics where funding has been limited.

The data will help focus UKRI and the Medicines Manufacturing team on the relevant targeted actions, and any improvements we can make to remove barriers and increase diversity.

If you’ve been funded by the ISCF Medicines Manufacturing Challenge programme, we’d appreciate it if you could:

  • Fill in the EDI survey (it takes approximately 10 minutes to complete)
  • Forward the survey onto anyone else who worked on projects funded under by the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge or Digital Health Technology Catalyst

If you have any questions or if you’re unsure if you’ve been funded by ISCF, get in touch with KTN or email MedicinesManufacturing@innovateuk.ukri.org.

If you have a question specifically about the survey, get in touch with D&A on: Workplace@diversityandability.com

You’ll also have an opportunity to separately sign up for our growing EDI community. Please click on this link to sign up. Our EDI community meetings so far have been extremely engaging and informative, it has been wonderful to see many organisations sharing best practice and committed to overcoming challenges to improve EDI for the sector.

The biggest impact will be seen by listening, learning and acting together.

Benefits of attending

Attendees will hear first-hand and be able ask questions on what the Innovate UK EDI and Medicines Manufacturing Challenge team are working on. You’ll meet the team who are working on these programmes so you can get in touch with direct feedback. We’re also looking to build an EDI community where we share learnings and collaboratively tackle barriers to inclusion.

Who is this event for?

Attendees will hear first-hand and be able ask questions on what the Innovate UK EDI and Medicines Manufacturing Challenge team are working on. You’ll meet the team who are working on these programmes so you can get in touch with direct feedback. We’re also looking to build an EDI community where we share learnings and collaboratively tackle barriers to inclusion.

This event is for anyone who worked on a project that was funded under the Innovate UK Medicines Manufacturing Challenge or Digital Health Technology Catalyst programmes. Competitions include:

  • Medicines Manufacturing CR&D (projects active between 2017-2022)
  • Digital Health Technology Catalyst (projects active between 2017-2022)
  • Viral Vector Manufacturing for Cell and Gene Therapies (projects active 2017-2018)
  • Digitalisation of Medicines Manufacturing (projects active 2018-2019)
  • Transients (project active 2021)
  • Mechanising and Improving Advanced Therapy Manufacture (projects active 2020-2021

Please note: This event will be recorded so those unable to attend are able to listen back.

Agenda

  • Overview of Innovate UK’s EDI strategy and vision
  • Medicines Manufacturing EDI Survey
  • Shaping the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge EDI strategy
  • Q&A