Projects 2018-19

There were nine successful bids to the Diversity Fund in 2018-19.


Project nameProject leadDescriptionAmount granted
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.  £12,000
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.  £2,000
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.  £9,598
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.  TBC
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.  £2,668
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.  £6,901
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.  £16,086
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.  TBC
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.  £16,476