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Designing for Inclusion Programme

Designing for Inclusion

Student-Led Action Research projects.

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The problem:

At Warwick, it is expected that everyone contributes to making it a safe, welcoming, and productive environment for students and staff. The University has a number of initiatives to help provide a warm and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting all individuals' differences.

However, our project team wants to support you to do more.

We want you to identify problems from your everyday experiences and work with us to find innovative solutions that make the campus a more equal, diverse, and inclusive place to live, study, and work.

Run by the Chemistry Department – in collaboration with IATL and WIE – the Designing for Inclusion Programme is looking for interdisciplinary student-staff teams from across all faculties who want to make change.

We can offer your student-led team:

- Funding to pay students on each team to attend the four-week programme and make change.

- Funding and project management support to embed your solutions for EDI problems at Warwick over the summer.

You can find out more how to apply below. If you can't find a team, still apply and tell us your idea and we will group you with others.


The programme:

If successful, we will invite you to join our Designing for Inclusion programme. We will support your student-led team through a structured programme that will provide a space to solve these problems. Over the four-week programme you will have the opportunity to bring together design thinking and project support tools, to create interdisciplinary, co-created solutions.

The sessions:

The in-person sessions will take place over four consecutive Wednesday afternoons between February 22nd and March 15th. They will run from 3-5pm on campus. Each student-led team will also have a mentor for support, alongside a Teams Channel, and online materials to help you
co-create your problem.

Why should you sign up?

If you have a passion for making things better for others, want to develop a growth mindset, or fix a problem that has bugged you since joining Warwick, apply below.

To help you with this work, we will pay for the students on your project team to attend the programme, so that you are being paid to improve the student experience at Warwick.

You will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and join a network of change makers.


The solution:

Once you have completed the programme and developed your solution, we will then support you to test it with students and staff over the summer.

What we can offer you over the summer:

- You will get funding and support to test your solution at Warwick.

- You will be paid to meet with staff and embed these solutions for future students.

- You will be supported to build networks, manage change, and apply for new funding opportunities.

- You will have the chance to present at the Warwick Social Inclusion Conference in June.

- You will be invited to write a blog, record a podcast, and co-create a toolkit for future groups of students and staff to lead change at Warwick.

- You will be invited to present your work as examples of best practice at webinars for staff and students next academic year.

- You will be able to log your work on the programme as part of your Warwick Award.

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How to apply:

Applications will be judged by a panel of students and staff using the Selection Criteria below:

1. Project must focus on solving a problem in relation to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) issues and Social Inclusion within the Warwick Journey (e.g., inclusive pedagogies, anti-racism, awarding gaps, community building, neurodiversity, disability, gender and sexism, period poverty, and decolonisation);

2. Application shows evidence of empathising with the wider student body to understand their needs as part of defining your problem;

3. Project teams must be student-led, collaborative, and interdisciplinary, composed of up to five students and two staff (at least one student or staff member from a different faculty must be on your project team);

4. Project explores ethical implications associated with solving your project problem.

Put simply, to be successful, you will need to build an interdisciplinary team, identify a clear EDI challenge or problem at Warwick, and highlight how the skills in your team will work to solve your project problem.

If successful, you and up to four student members of your team will be paid to attend our Designing for Inclusion Programme sessions each Wednesday afternoon for four weeks. You will also receive a minimum of £1,000 to test your solution over the summer break, as well as the support to embed it within the University.

If you have questions about the application form or online sessions, please email

**Deadline for completed applications is at 3pm on Friday 3rd February, 2023**


Do I need to be a Chemistry student to apply?

- No, all students and staff from across Warwick can apply

Do all members of the project team need to attend all of the in-person sessions?

- No, but we will need the student project lead there each week, with a majority of the team.

How do I find students and staff from different faculties to join my project?

- Reach out to students you know, or come to one of our 'Want help?' sessions below

Want help?

If you want to ask questions about your project, we will host online sessions for you to attend on:

- Wednesday 25th January 4-5pm

- Friday 27th January - 3-4pm

- Monday 30th January - 5-6pm

- Tuesday 31st January - 5:45-6:45pm

- Thursday 2nd February - 1-2pm

You can sign up for these by clicking here.


The project team would like to thank the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) for their project support and funding to run the Designing for Inclusion programme.

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The project team would like to thank the Warwick Enterprise for their guidance, support, and funding to run the Designing for Inclusion programme.

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The project team would like to thank students and staff from Warwick Chemistry for their ideas and enthusiasm when co-creating the Designing for Inclusion programme.