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Project name Project Lead(s) Description Amount
Wellbeing of Working Parents and Carers Clare Hardman and Sam Jones

A training workshop for parents and carers that will identify issues faced when balancing career progression with family responsibilities and equip participants with the skills required to address them.

The aim is to improve wellbeing of parents/carers, promoting career progression and help to overcome barriers faced in professional life, and further grow the WCPC community.

Off the Beaten Track Fadi Issa and Emily Hotine

A series of video interviews with university staff across four divisions highlighting their journeys into the University. The interviews will feature staff from under-represented demographics and staff who have taken unconventional routes to their current position.
Promoted to students from under-represented backgrounds in local state schools, this series aims to allow its viewers to see themselves represented in the journeys of our staff and to understand how they too can forge their own path to studying, working and thriving at the University of Oxford.  

Educational workshops for refugees and asylum seekers Benjamin Grant A series of free workshops (Academic English, Maths and Computing) aimed at enhancing the skills and confidence of refugees and asylum seekers resident in Oxfordshire. Developed and delivered in collaboration with Asylum Welcome, they will contribute towards the goals of the University of Oxford as a University of Sanctuary. 
EDI training for teaching staff will be an integral part of the project, and experience of the workshops will inform best practice in inclusive teaching within the University of Oxford. 
EDI Training Symposium Maddie Welland

A symposium of sessions addressing the training needs of Oxford’s EDI Practitioners - such as quantitative and qualitative data analysis; demonstrating and evaluating impact; project and event management; change management and organisational culture. This event would be run to the highest standard of inclusivity.

Equality Networks Development Session Staff Networks and the Equality and Diversity Unit A half-day strategic development session for EDU and leaders of the Staff Equality Networks for information exchange, identifying shared priorities and coordinating a plan for joint activity from 2023-2025.  £4,000
Qualitative Accelerator  Katherine Corr A qualitative research fund, internal expert pool and qualitative skills training to provide support for qualitative follow-up (e.g. focus groups) to the Staff Experience Survey results for MSD. The aim is to support all departments to properly engage with their survey results and build proportionate and appropriate action plans.  £12,000


Project name Project lead Description Amount
Diversity Translation Project Phillip Rothwell, Medieval and Modern Languages A project to translate and make widely available work currently unavailable in English by writers who have traditionally been overlooked because of the biases of national literary canons and the global literary market. £6,296.40
Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in IT Richard Carpenter, Faculty of Oriental Studies A workshop series to promote mental health and wellbeing for IT Support Staff in client-facing and managerial positions. £8,556
Neurodiversity at Oxford Laura Seymour, English Faculty A project offering neurodiverse staff and students a rich set of resources and activities for information, support, building social and professional networks, and mentoring. £11,971.58
Understanding British Empire and Afrikan heritage and culture Nicola Bird, GLAM A collaborative project working with and for young people, local communities, artists and GLAM to research, explore and facilitate more balanced, inclusive approaches to the representation and learning around histories, heritage and culture. £17,850
BIPOC STEM Network Victor Ajuwon, Zoology Support to the network to hold speaker events, a Black History Month event and to develop a video interview series with BIPOC researchers working within STEM at Oxford. £12,108.39 (over three years)


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Opening Oxford 1871- Paulina Kewes, English Faculty A year-long campaign to mark the 150th anniversary of the Universities Tests Act, which removed religious restrictions on study and employment at Oxford, and consider the ways in which Oxford can open up still further. Opening Oxford to the World | Opening Oxford 1871-  £12,220

“Where are you actually from?”

Oxford Mixed Heritage Society

A photo exhibition featuring staff and students of mixed BME heritage, intended to spark discussions on how different cultural identities intersect, celebrate the achievements of mixed heritage people within the University and draw attention to the issues they have faced. 


Writers Make Worlds

Elleke Boehmer, English Faculty

Expansion of the resources on the Writers Make Worlds website to 60 writers by the end of 2021, foregrounding poetry and including features on Caribbean and African ‘forerunner’ writers who have been influential on Black British writing, such as Kamau Brathwaite and Buchi Emecheta. 


Oxford and Empire

Erica Charters, History Faculty

Administrative and research support to the Oxford and Empire project, an interdisciplinary network and multi-resource website that provides a central hub and site for research on and discussion of the legacies of colonialism in Oxford.


Oxford ACS Annual Access Conference 2021

Oxford African and Caribbean Society

To provide travel bursaries to prospective students attending the Annual Access Conference, the largest student-run access conference in the UK, designed and run by students and alumni of the Oxford ACS.


Catalysing Racial and Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Social Entrepreneurship

Zainab Kabba, Said Business School The project will catalyse racial and gender diversity in the social enterprise ecosystem in Oxford through supporting Oxford-based social enterprises to increase racial and gender diversity in visioning and operations. £9,800

Working in partnership with students to embed inclusive teaching practices at Oxford

Jane Taylor, Centre for Teaching and Learning Student interns will work as partners with educational developers, academics and other stakeholders on two inclusion-related initiatives: the creation of a ‘decolonising the curriculum’ teaching toolkit; and an investigation into pandemic-related ‘learning loss’ and the ways in which teaching can be responsive to this in building students’ confidence and sense of academic belonging as they transition to University. £25,000




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Community Ambassadors Training Programme

Nicola Bird, GLAM

To pilot a focussed training programme for a new cohort of Community Ambassadors (CAs), to enable CAs and GLAM to work together to create innovative and truly collaborative inclusive partnerships on future projects.


Diversifying STEM Curriculum

Daisy Hung, MPLS

A project to create a resource bank of high quality and well-researched content that could be

easily integrated into undergraduate teaching and to disseminate approaches to diversifying STEM curriculum

across MPLS.


Improving Researcher Diversity in Research Funding Success

Jenny Gladstone, Research Services

A research project to identify the barriers faced by

under-represented groups in applying for research funding and to find ways of working with the

University’s key funders to effect high-impact change.


Telling Our Story Better

Sophie Ratcliffe, English Faculty

A collaborative project to showcase the diverse careers and achievements of those who have studied English at Oxford.


Women in Clinical Neuroscience Network

Michele Hu, NDCN

To establish a professional network for female clinical neuroscientists, providing connections, training and visibility to support career progression.


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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.


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.


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
Suffrage Centenary programme Senia Paseta £12,000
Raising awareness of sexual violence in the LGBT+ community Caroline Kennedy £8,000
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 response 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.  

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)