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Funding available for diversity and inclusion initiatives

Diversity project funding available

The University is currently accepting bids for funding between £500 and £1,000 for projects and initiatives themed around diversity and inclusion.  

Examples of how the funding could be used include supporting staff time for projects, covering costs for producing materials and hosting diversity and inclusion related events.  

Applications are welcome from all parts of the University. In this round of funding, we are particularly keen to receive applications with a component or focus on race, ethnicity or religion. 

Applications must be made using the attached form. Please complete the form and email it to diversity@reading.ac.uk by 17:00, Friday 3 August 2018. We expect to notify applicants of decisions on funding bids by Friday 24 August.

Assessments 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.

Any allocated funds must be used by July 2019.

Previous bids

The fund aims to encourage and support diversity initiatives across the University.

Eight projects received funding over the course of the current academic year: 

  • Feminism 100: Debates and Celebrations (Madeleine Davies, SLL, Jacqui Turner HUMS)
  • Face equality: how to fight appearance-based prejudice (Marjorie Gehrhardt, SLL)
  • LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, Activism (Katherine Harloe, HUMS)
  • Debunking myths: exploring gendered responses to FLAIR CPD scheme (Eileen Hyder, CQSD)
  • Raising aspirations through career mentoring (Tania Lyden, Careers)
  • Diversity and Inclusion – reflections from Built Environment (Hiral Patel, SBE)
  • Development of inclusive language teaching and learning resources (Daniela Standen, ISLI)
  • Developing inclusive cultures in group work (Emma Street, HBS)

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Ellie Highwood and Simon Chandler-Wilde

Deans for Diversity & Inclusion

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