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Funding available for diversity initiatives

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The University is currently accepting bids for funding between £300 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 colleagues across the University. In this round of funding, we are particularly keen to receive applications with a component or focus on race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.

Applications must be made using the attached form. Please complete the form and email it to the Diversity Team by 17:00, Friday 9 August 2018. We expect to notify applicants of decisions on funding bids by Friday 23 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 2020.

Previous bids

The fund aims to encourage and support diversity initiatives across the University.Seventeen projects received funding over the course of the 2018-19 academic year: 

July 2018 Call

Dr Anne Thies, School of Law, Setting up a student focus group: How best to commemorate the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 at the School of Law?

Dr Joanna Bagniewska, SBS, Making field courses accessible for deaf students

Dr Helen Killick, HBS, Tackling gender bias in recruitment

Dr Claire Collins, HBS, Visual impact of message for Diversity and Athena SWAN

Prof Emily West, Department of History, Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) annual conference, 5 July 2019

Dr Matthew McFrederick and Dr Lucy Jeffery, Department of Film, Theatre and Television, Race and Performance Today

Alison McAnena, Research and Enterprise Services, Period inequality, poverty and access: a scoping of experiences and resources at University of Reading

Dr Peter Scarfe, SPCLS, LGBT+ Research Showcase

Dr Nicola Abram and Prof Jane Setter, Department of English Literature,    A Thousand Words: Student Life Through a Lens

Dr Claire Collins and Daria Radwan, HBS, Celebrating diversity and inclusion event

Dr Maria Vahdati, SBE, Exploring ethnicity and gendered responses to outreach publicity materials

November 2018 Call

Dr Amanda Clarke, SAGES, Creating Confidence: Enabled Fieldwork

Dr Katherine Harloe, Department of Classics, Decolonising the Curriculum: Creative and Practical Strategies

Dr Shalini Sinha, Department of Philosophy, Sexuality and gender: radical revisioning through cross-cultural philosophical dialogue

Dr Rhi Smith, University Museums and Special Collections Services, and Blythe Varney (RUSU Disability Officer), Accessible Heritage Volunteering Awareness

Dr Jeanne-Louise Moys, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, I am, we are … different by design

Dr Sonia Hood, Library, Understanding difference in group work: a student perspective

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Yasmin Ahmed (Diversity & Inclusion Advisor) and Simon Chandler-Wilde (Dean for Diversity & Inclusion)

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