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Student-Led Anti-Racism Projects and Gender Safety Projects 2023-2024

Student-led grants

The Education Incubator in collaboration with the Wellbeing Inclusion and Culture Committee provides grant funding for University of Exeter students to deliver student-led projects that develop student belonging at the university focusing on either

  • anti-racism and inclusivity or,
  • gender safety.

Grants are available once in the academic year and students can typcially apply for funds up to £5000 to deliver a six month project. 

The projects that are funded have identified a need within the student journey, have an innovation approach and can demonstrate impact aswell as build upon previous funded student-led projects and the equality, diversity, and inclusion activities delivered across the whole of the University. 

What are we looking for?  

To be successful you will have: 

  • Identified a clear challenge or problem affecting students that is practical to address, 
  • Demonstrate impact through the outcome of the planned project activities,
  • Developed a clear plan and timeline for how project activities within the project will contribute to solving this challenge or problem.

The Exeter Education Incubator disseminates the grant funding opportunities across the University and provides advice to students through the application process; idenitfying the student need and the project ask, support with application writing and determining budgets.

We have collated a list of links and resources in the Preparation Information section below which outline some of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities at the University. 

Previous Education Incubator and Provost funded student-led anti-racism and inclusivity projects, and gender safe projects:

Information on the University of Exeter's equality, diversity and inclusivity activities, including the Provost responses to anti-racism and gender safety: 

If successful student project teams will receive? 

  • Project funding to pay for any identified costs to deliver activities within your project plan, and for you and your nominated team’s time to deliver the project,

  • Support and structured approach to developing your solution from the Education Incubator team,

  • Access to institutional knowledge to make change through supportive networks,

  • Support available to explore sustainable funding streams.

Writing an application  

Students will need to complete a project application form that aligns to our selection criteria below, and clearly outlines an identified student challenge, a developed project plan and timeline that will demonstrates how the project will contribute to solving the challenge including a budget of associated costs of the activities within the project.

All applications received will then go to a staff and student panel review. 

Selection Criteria 

Please read the selection criteria that the panel review will use to judge your application. This information will also help you focus your written project bid for the application. 

  1. Project focuses on Anti-Racism and Inclusivity or gender safety within the student journey,
  2. Project is student-centric in nature and driven by a need identified by students, 
  3. Project is collaborative in nature, 
  4. Application thoughtfully considers assumptions of their project?  
  5. Application thoughtfully considers how they are defining success for their project?  
  6. Application thoughtfully considers possible ethical implications of their project? 

If you have any further questions on the application process or would like to discuss an idea, please contact us at