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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 hosting diversity and inclusion related events, supporting staff time for projects and covering costs for producing materials.

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 (Word, 13 KB). Please complete the form and email it to the Diversity Team by 17:00 on Friday 28 August 2020. We expect to notify applicants of decisions on funding bids by mid-September 2020.

Assessments will be based on the following principles:

  • Diversity and inclusion relevance specifically to School, Function or University.
  • Link to School/Function/University targetsor 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 2021.

Previous bids

The fund aims to encourage and support diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University. The following projects received funding in the 2019/20 round.


Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Projects


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


Liz Conaghan (School of Law) and Madeleine Davies (SLL), 100 Years of Women's Voices


Sian Walsh, SBE, SBE Celebrating Diversity


Ruth Evans, SAGES, GES, Rights-based Mapping of Race and Religion Equalities and Discrimination in Statutory Service Provision in Reading


Colin Campbell, ISLI, Sanctuary café at UoR


Bolanle Adebola, Folashade Adeyemo, Law, Black History Month for Law (Month of October)


Mara Oliva, History, Women & BAME Women and US Foreign Policy


Amanda Clarke, SAGES, ‘Us Too: mental health, sexual harassment & bullying in fieldwork situations'


Allán Laville, SPCLS, Disability Research Showcase - Theory to Practice


Fiona Knott, SPCLS, Learning from the experts: students with autism tell us about autism at University


Daisy O'Connor, RUSU Activities Officer, Knights Pride Sports Day

Please note that as a condition of the funding, we require some reporting back from you, this to include:

  • A short 1-2 page report received by the end of August 2021 that details: name of project and leaders and funding awarded; what has been done; what has been spent; what impacts there have been and any measurement of this; what follow-up plans there are, or plans for sustaining activities into the future.
  • If possible one or two photos relevant to work you have done as part of the project that we might use in publicity, e.g. staff portal articles, twitter, together with a completed permission form if relevant. These should ideally be high resolution, taken with a camera rather than a phone.
  • We would also welcome a blog as part of our #DiverseReading blog series which might be at the end of the project or part-way through.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Allán Laville, (Dean for Diversity & Inclusion), Yasmin Ahmed and Nozomi Tolworthy (Diversity & Inclusion Advisors)

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