Successful bids

Successful project bids 2014 - 2016
Project description Project lead Amount granted Project status
The Returning Carers' Fund: a University-wide grants scheme to support the return to research of individuals who have taken a break for maternity or other caring responsibilities Divisional Offices/ EDU £400,000

A review of in 2016 showed that it was successful in meeting its goals, and was established on a permanent basis.  

A series of high profile lectures by women outstanding in their field. Dr Rebecca Surender (PVC Diversity) £24,000 The lecture series was launched in February 2016. Visit the Women of Achievement webpage for more information.

An online repository of the experiences of women in science at Oxford

Professor Sue Ziebland (Primary Care Health Sciences) and Chris Price (Radcliffe Department of Medicine)


The website was launched in April 2016.

A ‘Women in Mathematics’ event in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society

Professor Frances Kirwan (Mathematical Institute), Professor Alison Etheridge (Department of Statistics) and Professor David Gavaghan (Department of Computer Science)


The event took place in April 2015. A second two-day conference for school girls was held in January 2016 following this successful pilot.

The diversification of the portraiture in Wellington Square and the Exam Schools

Trudy Coe (EDU)


The Portraits now hang in the Exams School, for more information on the project visit the Diversifying Portraiture website

University-wide provision of personal development training for female research staff, on the lines of the current Springboard women’s development programme

Professor Ros Ballaster (University Skills Group)



Research projects in MSD and SSD to identify the cultural barriers to the progression of women

Professor Mary Daly and Stephen Conway (SSD Divisional Office)


Surveys were conducted across the two divisions and results disseminated through a series of workshops. SSD has developed a divisional action plan in repsonse to findings from the survey and a follow-on piece of qualitative research.

A post to support the development of the University’s application to the Race Equality Charter Mark

Emma Potts (AAD)


The postholder is in place and the University was awarded a Bronze Race Equality Charter Mark award in 2017.

The creation of a number of Daphne Jackson Fellowships and related communications to promote the possibilities for part-time working in research posts

Professor Stu West (Zoology)



A UK Women in Physics Intercollegiate Conference for undergraduate Physics students, closely modelled on a successful US initiative

Professor Daniela Bortoletto (Physics)


The event took place in March 2015. A second event was run in March 2016 following the success of the pilot.

A flagship event on women in science to be held as part of the 2014 Co-Education Celebrations

Christine Fairchild (Alumni Office)


The event took place in November 2014.

A conference on 'Gender and Ethics in the Philosophy Profession'

Dr Paul Lodge (Philosophy)


The event took place in June 2015. A number of initiatives within departments and the profession more generally have arisen as a result.

Support to the OxFEST conference 'Postcards from the Future: Rewriting the Script for Women in STEM'

Anna Muszkiewicz and Ronja Woloszczuk (OxFEST)


The event took place in March 2015.

Race and the curriculum in Oxford: a series of events to support diversification of the curriculum in terms of racial and ethnic perspectives

Philippa O'Connor (Education Policy Support)


The lectures took place and can be viewed on the Race and Curriculam in Oxford webpage. 

A project to integrate LGBT history into the curriculum

Professor Dan Healey (History)



A series of public engagement events and installations to link in with the TORCH Headline Series 2017 on Diversity

Professor Elleke Boehmer and Victoria McGuinness (TORCH)


TORCH headline series Humanities & Identities 2016-18

Parents for STEM futures

Daisy Hung (MPLS Divisional Office)


Read more at the Just add imagination webpage 

An online resource on the experiences of disabled staff members

Caroline Moughton (EDU) and Dr Sara Ryan (Primary Care Health Sciences)


Read more at the Disability Narratives website

Diversity training

Sharon Neal (OLI)



LGBT role models programme

Tony Brett (LGBT Advisory Group)


Following the workshop an Oxford specific version was developed. This workshop is now delivered twice a year with a growing Network of LGBT+ Role Models.

BME leaders event

Nita Fisher (BME staff network)




Project name Lead Amount awarded
Curriculum Diversity David Gibson £5,000
Engaging Chinese students with counselling Alan Percy £3,400
Engaging BME audiences with GLAM Nicola Bird £8,750
Beyond Boundaries Daisy Hung £10,000
Oxford and Colonialism Laura van Broekhoven £9,292
Assistive software for students in examinations Kathy Noren-Curtis £11,100
Staff Mental Health project Caroline Moughton £10,000
Suffrage Centenary programme Senia Paseta £12,000
Raising awareness of sexual violence in the LGBT+ community Caroline Kennedy £8,000

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BAME Dietary Requirements

Ruedi Baumann

A project to provide practical support for colleges to cater for students and staff members from BAME and observant religious backgrounds. Outputs will include a menu library; ‘train the trainer’ modules; demonstrations from specialist caterers; and a networking event for college and University caterers.


Talks on Race and Intersectionality

Alexander Gordon

A series of short talks to be arranged by the BME Staff Network in conjunction with other actors in the University to initiate or advance discussions of intersectionality. The talks will provide a forum for staff members of colour to discuss their issues and community concerns in the context of the wider University, and to engage with others on these topics.


Mindsets and Diversity

Dr Vicky Neale

A project to understand attitudinal factors affecting the underperformance of and progression to further study amongst some groups of Oxford undergraduates in highly mathematical subjects and to develop and pilot interventions to address attainment gaps and continuation gaps, based on the findings.


Telling Our Story Better

Dr Sophie Ratcliffe

A creative, collaborative pilot project to showcase the diverse careers and achievements of those who have studied English at Oxford with the goal of increasing applications from students from diverse backgrounds; raising self-concept for female/trans/non-binary students reading English; and displaying the University’s commitment to equality and diversity to alumnae, potential job applicants and to the general public.


Onyx Magazine

Theophina Gabriel

Onyx Magazine will be launched in October 2018 and will publish the art, poetry and writing of students of African and Caribbean heritage. Onyx aims to make Oxford appear more accessible to students of colour and counteract the impression that Oxford is not a university where the voices of its students of colour are heard or represented.


Resources for Schools

Dr Miles Larmer

Established in early 2017, Resources for Schools has enabled historians at the Faculty of History to produce classroom resources for teachers to deliver teaching of British, global and imperial history in general and the GCSE option course ‘Migration, Empire and the Peoples’ in particular. The second phase of the project will employ a project manager to identify areas of particular demand, work with Oxford historians to develop appropriate resources, upload these to the project webpage and further develop the webpage to ensure it meets the needs of users.


Tomorrow’s Oxford Heads

Prof Heather Viles

The project aims to enhance the visibility of women and under-represented groups in the University of Oxford in its externally-facing public sculpture. In particular, the project aims to scope out ideas for a series of new, more diverse, carved Heads for display around the Sheldonian Theatre. In 2019, the 350th anniversary of the unveiling of the first generation of Heads, the project will install a temporary display of more diverse Heads which will contribute to a better portrayal of the spirit of the University to the public.


Mentoring Admissions Pathway

Dr Lorraine Wild

This pilot project aims to increase the number of state school students applying to read Geography at the University of Oxford and to support state school students to make more competitive applications, by offering applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to be mentored by current undergraduates.


Looking Behind the Label

Verity Westgate

A project to develop an online training course to give line managers at the University of Oxford the knowledge and skills needed to support members of staff experiencing mental ill-health.