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Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Funding

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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 and covering costs for producing materials.

Applications are welcome from all colleagues across the University. This is the second round of funding this academic year. In this round, we are particularly keen to receive applications with a component or focus on disability and neurodiversity.

Applications must be made using this Application Form. Please complete this and email it to the central Diversity and Inclusion Team at by 17:00 on Monday 21 December 2020. We expect to notify applicants of decisions on funding bids by mid-January 2021. The decisions made by the panel are final. Feedback will be provided where possible.

Assessments will be based on the following principles:

  • Diversity and inclusion relevance specifically to School, Function or University.
  • Link to School/Function/University aims or KPIs - although we would also encourage initiatives relevant to other protected characteristics.
  • Potential and plan for longer term impact on wider University.
  • Any allocated funds must be used by July 2021.

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

  • A 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 impact(s) there have been and any measurement of this; what follow-up plans there are, or plans for sustaining activities into the future.
  • Where possible, 1-2 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 be high resolution.
  • We would also welcome a blog piece to be published on #DiverseReading  which might be at the end of the project or part-way through.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Dr Allán Laville, (Dean for Diversity & Inclusion) and Nozomi Tolworthy (Diversity & Inclusion Advisor)

Previous bids

The fund aims to encourage and support diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University. The following projects received funding in the Summer 2020 round.

Claire Collins, HBS, Forming a Group for the Dissemination of Gender Research

Claire Collins, HBS, Male Ally Training for the Women@Reading Network

Sarah Chorley, HBS, Networking Roulette

Eileen Hyder, CQSD, Promoting Race Equality in Higher Education: an edited UoR Anthology

Emma Snowden, Student Services, Career Diversity Champions R U Inspired?

Ciara McCabe, SPCLS, Showcasing the Barriers and Facilitators to University Entry for BAME vs White Reading Scholars

Ellen Pilsworth, SLL, DLC BAME and Talking Race meet-up

Jenny Chamarette, SACD, Dwoskin, disability and...

Kat Bicknell, SCFP, Establishing a BAME Student Network for Pharmacy Students

The following projects received funding in the 2019/20 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

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


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