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Funding available for diversity and inclusion 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 13 December 2019. We expect to notify applicants of decisions on funding bids by Friday 20 December 2019.

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 and inclusion initiatives across the University.

The following projects received funding in the August 2019 round.




Jane Setter, SLL, Supporting successful BAME outcomes: Student life through a lens #2


Suzy Tutchell, IoE, A Stitch in Time: Inclusive Threads of Learning


Mark Laynesmith, Chaplaincy, Interfaith Intern


Ludmilla Cerne and David Nutt, SCFP, Student-led activities for better integration of students from the NUIST-Reading Academy


Jennifer Scott and Sam Williams, SMPCS, International Women in Mathematics Day 2020


Julie Farwell, SLL, Women’s Springboard 2019 cohort Termly Meetings


Sarah Cardey and Rebecca Jerrome, SAPD, Resources for decolonizing the curriculum


Yasmine Shamma, SLL, Revisionist Thinking: Fostering Inclusive Diversity

within the Curriculum, and Beyond


Eileen Hyder, CQSD, CQSD Diversity & Inclusion event: addressing ethnicity attainment differentials.


Calvin Smith, SMPCS, Hidden figures: putting people back into mathematics resources


Naomi Lebens, UMASCS, Drawing Diversity: Artist-in-Residence


Flavia Ghouri and Sophie Oduyale, SCFP, Setting up positive role models for the diverse body of students in Pharmacy


Nicola Abram, SLL, BAME students in English Literature: A Network


Matthew Windsor, School of Law, Decolonising the Legal Curriculum


Tony Capstick, SLL, Diversifying the curriculum: drawing on students’ linguistic and cultural heritage to develop intercultural awareness


Sedtin Wan, International Student Advisory Team, Gingerbread Village


Sedtin Wan, International Student Advisory Team, Global Buddies


Elizabeth Conaghan, School of Law, “The Disappearance of Miss Bebb” – a play about challenging inequalities.


Eleanor Draycott, IT, DiversIT: Diversity in Tech Event


Ellen Hackl, Technical Services, Making practical classes in Pharmacy Inclusive-by-Design.


Emma Butler, Careers, Identifying what support students with disabilities need with their career decisions and applications.


Jeanne-Louise Moys SACD; Richard Nunes HBS; Carolina Vasilikou, SBE, INCLUSIVE WAY HACKATHON: the design of everyday wayfinding in outdoor public environments.


Dr Rachael Neal and Rebecca Morgan, SAPD, Investigating effects of educational background and other D&I characteristics on student retention and attainment in SAPD UG programmes.


Dr Matthew McFrederick, FTT, Race and Performance Today


Dr Karen Jones, IoE, Leadership and Diversity in Higher Education

We look forward to hearing from you!


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