Two projects from the Social Sciences Division have been successful in their bids to the University's Diversity Fund. The Diversity Fund is a £70,000 annual fund for the advancement of diversity at Oxford.
The projects both stem from colleagues in the School of Geography and the Environment.
TOMORROW’S OXFORD HEADS, PROFESSOR 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.
THE DIVERSITY 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.
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