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School of English and Drama Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Student Initiative Fund

Funds are available for English and Drama Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (MA) students in the School of English and Drama (SED) to cover costs associated with the organisation of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives.

EDI ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all. It aims to eradicate prejudice and discrimination on the basis of an individual or group of individuals’ protected characteristics. The SED EDI Student Initiative fund has been made available in response to requests from undergraduate students for support to organise activities that promote inclusivity and challenge ableism, homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and discrimination based on religion, class or age. We encourage applications from individual students or groups of students who are requesting financial support to design and deliver such activities. Examples of possible activities include:

  • Payment of visiting speakers or mentors (£100 is the usual maximum payment for a salaried visiting speaker; £200 is the maximum for an unsalaried speaker – likely an artist – please note, this is not an hourly rate, but the rate per visit or session by the speaker). Payments can only be made when the speaker has a Right to Work in the UK.
  • Modest hospitality e.g. taking the speaker to lunch, catering for a student event.
  • Reasonable reimbursement of travel expenses incurred by the guest speaker.
  • Materials for performance/practice.
  • Theatre tickets, field trips, gallery or exhibition visits, trips to book launches.

There will be two deadlines for funding to support student-led events planned between 1st March 2022 and 30 June 2022:

  • The first deadline is 11.59 p.m. on Sunday 27 February 2022
  • The second deadline is 11.59. p.m. on Sunday 3 April 2022

To apply for EDI funds of up to £200 please complete this form using your QMUL email account.

Your application will be considered by a small panel comprising: Nadia Atia (SED EDI Co-Chair); Suzanne Hobson (Head of English); Dominic Johnson (Head of Drama); and a student representative from the SED EDI Committee.

If your application is successful, you will be informed within two weeks of the funding deadline(s).

Best wishes

The SED EDI team

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