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#DiverseReading Funding Competition

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The University of Reading 2026 strategy aims for a thriving and vibrant community of staff and students. However, valuing and celebrating diversity and ensuring inclusion is not just something that is “done” by the “Diversity team”. It needs to become a way of life across our University. We know that there is a lot of good practice throughout Schools and Functions that could be shared. Recognising that some of these initiatives would benefit from some additional support, so far this year we have so far supported projects across the University to the tune of £6400,  We are delighted to now announce the second round of our 2018-19 competition for funds to support initiatives relating to the embedding of diversity and inclusion – made possible by funds from the Vice-Chancellor.

We are again looking for projects led from anywhere across the University that would benefit from a small amount of funding to either support staff time, produce materials for teaching, recruitment or support, or to hold an event with a diversity and inclusion relevance. The total amount of funding available in this round is approximately £4500 and we would like to see requests for individual activities between £500 and £1000. The funding will need to be spent by the end of July 2019. We are particularly keen again in this round to receive applications with a race and ethnicity or religion component or focus, but we welcome applications on all diversity and inclusion themes. Assessment will be based on the following principles:

  • Diversity and Inclusion relevance specifically to School, Function or University
  • Link to School / Function / University targets or KPIs – although we would also encourage initiatives relevant to other protected characteristics e.g. age, disability
  • Potential and plan for longer term impact on wider University

Applications should be made on by application form, and submitted via email to diversity@reading.ac.uk by 5 pm on Wednesday 19th December 2018. Decisions will be communicated by Friday 18th January.

 

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