Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Project Award 2023-24 now open for applications

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures has launched the EDI Student Project Award fund to support student projects that seek to promote belonging, community and inclusion.

Passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)? We want to support you!

The EDI Project Award will provide up to £250 to four individuals or groups with a project designed to enhance diversity, equality or inclusion. The scheme is open to all students: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research, who are based in schools belonging to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. For 2023/24 we are offering the opportunity for students to self-propose a project and/or select a project with local charity Rainbow Junktion.   

Rainbow Junktion is a charity, based in Hyde Park, Leeds. They are on a mission to fight food waste, tackle food poverty and build community. 

Rainbow Junktion would welcome students wanting to deliver: 

  • a project marketing their organisation and volunteering opportunities e.g. video, case studies for their website, a social media campaign

  • a fundraising event

  • a refreshed community cookbook with a focus on affordable food, and sharing stories

  • or your own idea, bearing in mind the aims and values of Rainbow Junktion.

We also welcome self-proposed ideas and projects - so be creative and innovative. Past self-proposed ideas have been a festival of games, the dancefloor project, a calendar of cultural and religious events and the creation of the first South Asian Feminist society. Funds can be used for any project that enhances Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This could be:

  • holding an event or workshop – a training event, guest speaker, performance or discussion

  • producing a resource (might be information, but equally might be an artistic work)

  • doing a small research project

  • setting up a network

  • or anything else you feel would be of value.

What is important is that you have:

  • a clear sense of the aims of your project

  • an understanding of the intended audience - who is it for and how do you know it is needed?

  • thought about the practicalities - is it achievable?

  • sought to maximise the impact of your project

We will also support your project with a staff mentor and show off all you have achieved at either a showcase event, a project video or a presentation.  

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form by Sunday 17 December 2023, 11:59 pm.

Drop-in sessions

There will be an online drop-in session at 2 – 2.30pm on Tuesday 5 December to provide information and answer questions about the scheme. There will also be an in-person drop-in session to learn more about the Rainbow Junktion Projects and organisation at 2 – 3pm on Thursday 7 December, Parkinson Building (SR 2.31). Sign up for the drop-in sessions 

To support your application and discuss your idea with staff, students are invited to book a 1:1 informal chat on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 5 December between 2.30 – 4pm.

For more information, please email Susan Preston on S.J.Preston@leeds.ac.uk, Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer.

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