The Diversity Fund

The Diversity Fund is a £70,000 annual fund for the advancement of diversity at Oxford.

About the Fund

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 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 Friday 28 June 2019.

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Who can apply?

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:

  • Contribute to the institution's equality and diversity priorities outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  • Demonstrate breadth of impact, through benefit to staff and/or students across a number of departments/divisions, and/or clear plans for good practice to be applied more widely, and/or clear plans for external influence.
  • Address challenges identified in new ways.
  • Demonstrate how the impact of the project will be sustained beyond the initial funding period.

Funding is unlikely to be awarded for:

  • A project which benefits only a single department.
  • Activities which form part of the normal day-to-day operations of a department.
  • Activities for which we would normally expect other financial support to exist within the University or externally, including funding for a member of staff.
  • Activities which would require recurrent funding in order to continue beyond the initial funding period.

Who will decide which projects receive funding?

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 for Equality and Diversity.

How much money can I bid for?

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.

When can the money be spent?

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.

What evaluation process is there?

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.