We promote a range of initiatives throughout the year. Our aim is to celebrate events that reflect our diverse and supportive community, providing opportunities to educate, raise awareness or to be charitable. We are always open to suggestions, so if you have any ideas, please contact [email protected].
EDI innovation fund
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Steering Group are excited to invite applications for up to £500 for our brand new EDI innovation fund for 2021/22. The aim of the project is to provide small grants to support a project, event or activity which will improve, enhance or develop our approaches to diversity, equality and inclusion.
Who can I apply?
Any member of Edge Hill University staff.
How much can I apply for?
The budget for this year’s pilot is £2,000. At a minimum we will award four grants of £500, although we would welcome applications for smaller amounts so that we can fund more projects.
We would strongly welcome part or match funding from departments to make the project bigger and better, although this is not a prerequisite for a successful application.
What type of projects can the grant be used for?
We have no explicit list of projects that the grant should be used for, but some examples include:
- staff courses and buying in training
- conducting research
- a public engagement event, lecture, seminar or campaign
- buying equipment, materials, publicity etc.
Are there any application priority areas?
Yes – in general, the grants should be used to help implement the EDI Strategy. We would encourage an imaginative use of these funds. To help support our plans, we have already identified a number of areas where we would welcome projects. Applications must focus on one or more of the following areas of priority unless you can clearly demonstrate that your project will address an important issue that we have missed.
Our priority areas are:
- take positive action to diversify the workforce and remain an employer of choice
- take positive action to remove potential perceived barriers to career progression
- increase the number/awareness of different network groups
- fill knowledge gaps through CPD, leading and/or attending events/initiatives, local awareness raising
- efforts to reduce gender biases associated with certain roles
- be a visible ally to our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQI+ and disabled community
- populate working groups that lead on/contribute to external charters/accreditations
- identify EDI objectives as part of the annual PDR.
- Race Equality, Racism, White Privilege, Making the Curriculum Inclusive.
- Intersectionality awareness for example, Gender, Disabled, LGBTQ+, Socio economics.
- Engaging with EHU’s initiatives and events associated with the Equality Act 2010, with a focus on the nine protected characteristics.
- Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience, speakers or trainer fees, organising a webinar.
- Transgender awareness and inclusive practices.
- Addressing any specific knowledge and skills gaps.
- Carrying our research, focus groups or online engagement.
- Buying materials to use in activities, in particular those that can be used again, investment in merchandise, for example, pin badges.
What are the shortlisting/assessment criteria?
The EDI Steering Group will review the applications and choose a range of projects that best meet the priority criteria, and which cover as many different areas as possible. We may also decide that a project is too ambitious for the timeframe or that there is insufficient information to help us decide that the project will work or is needed. This is the first time we have done this, so we will be learning as we go.
If you’re not successful it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good idea, or a worthy project, just that we have a limited number of projects we can support.
When must the project happen?
The project must take place in the 2021/22 academic year. The grant will be transferred to your department’s budget account when awarded. If the project will end up running into 2022/23 then the grant holder will need to arrange for the remaining money to be rolled over.
Will I need to do an evaluation?
Yes, the grant holder must provide an evaluation report on the project – how successful it was in meeting the original objectives, lessons learned and recommendations.
What is the application deadline?
Online application forms must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 1 April.
Once the money has been allocated, there will be a full expectation that the project will be delivered on time and in budget and that a full evaluation will be shared once the project is complete. If there are any changes, you will need to inform the EDI steering group as soon as possible.
If you have any queries about this initiative, please contact [email protected].
Thank you to everyone who sent in an application this year. 11 applications were received and the successful applications 21/22 are below. Work will now commence on the projects and evaluation reports will be received by the EDISG in due course
The Sunflower Project
People with ‘hidden’ disabilities or people who identify as ‘non-visible’ are amongst some of the most marginalised people in society, and many people who identify in this way go to university. Non-visible disabilities can range from mental health conditions, autism, hearing loss, visual impairment, learning disabilities, chronic pain, and fatigue amongst others. A non-visible disability is not obvious and can lead to the development of stereotypes, stigma and exclusion ensuring people do not get the right support, advice, care, and appreciation that all people deserve equally, and this can have a negative effect on someone’s life.
People who are non-visible want to be included within society like anyone else, but further issues can emerge such as not wanting to disclose, for good reasons, and not wanting to carry a label that in effect states ‘I am disabled’ for people to judge them unfairly. It is clear more work is needed to promote their voices and to challenge the stigma that comes together with being non-visible. In collaboration with staff and students, this project will aim to challenge some of the issues people with hidden disabilities or who are non-visible face, by providing a space for people who identify in this way to express their voices through creative means such as poetry and to disseminate their voices across the university.
An awareness-raising event for EHU students and staff. A 3 day event celebrating neurodiversity (focusing on SpLD related neurodiversity – dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD) with daily themes/activities/interactive events. Online and physical student resource packs to aid with study skills development, whilst promoting academic resilience and wellbeing.
Library and Learning Services Positive Action Internship
The internship EDI innovation funding will support a one-week internship for an EHU student or graduate to work in Library and Learning Services’ Research Support Team for one week (33.5 hours). The internship would be open to EHU students from ethnic minorities with an interest in research and would provide a risk-free opportunity to learn more about research support in a HE library setting, with the focus of considering it as a career.
The Enlighten Network
A peer to peer women’s health network for EHU staff. The network will offer staff another support resource. The network will look to offer signposting on areas of women’s health which can significantly impact a women’s confidence, mental and physical wellbeing, productivity and sense of security in the workplace, such as menopause, fertility treatment, miscarriage, maternal mental health and gynaecological issues.