The University of Oxford is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected. The Diversity Fund is a £70,000 annual fund which provides small grants to initiatives aimed at furthering this commitment, with the aim of delivering a lasting change in culture across the collegiate University.
A call for bids is made annually in Trinity Term. The next deadline for applications is June 2020.
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Anyone! We welcome applications from all academic departments, as well as from UAS and GLAM departments, and colleges. Students are welcome to apply but must have the support of an academic sponsor and agreement that funds will be administered by the sponsor’s department.
Applications should show how they:
Funding is unlikely to be awarded for:
Bids will be shortlisted by a panel made up of representatives from the academic Divisions, GLAM and the Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU). The final decision will be made by a smaller panel made up of senior representatives of each Division and of the EDU. The panel will be chaired by Rebecca Surender, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Equality and Diversity.
There is no upper limit on the value of awards, but the higher the sum requested the more exceptional the case will need to be. Total funding of £70,000 is available and it is anticipated that around 6-8 projects will be funded.
Funds will be available from 1 August, and must be spent by 31 July of the following year. Applications will be accepted for projects with funding phased across more than one year: in such cases, funds would be released annually.
Each successful project lead will be required to conduct an evaluation of the project and complete an evaluation template within one year of the end of the project.