The Sphere Programme
The Sphere Programme is a key element of the university's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Delivery Plan (EDI SDP), because it aims to join up and highlight different EDI activity across the university.
The Sphere Programme includes:
- Sphere funding: Applications are invited from faculties and Professional Services to apply for funding from the Sphere Programme Board, to deliver targeted, short-term projects that enhance our knowledge, understanding and delivery of EDI.
- An annual Sphere Conference: Delivering an EDI programme of events that showcase Sphere funded projects, as well as best practice in EDI.
- Sphere Challenges: Faculties, Professional Services and the Students’ Union adopt annual Sphere challenges, to address their distinct areas of priority and delivery.
- Recognition Months: The board ensures there is a coordinated response from the university for the following key EDI recognition months:
October – Black History Month
February –LGBT+ History Month
March – International Women’s Day
December – Disability Recognition Month
The Sphere Programme Board
An independent Sphere Programme Board will make sure these activities are coordinated and fed into our wider strategy. It will also champion activities funded through external schemes, such as those offered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) or Advance HE.
The board manages the discretionary fund, evaluating Sphere funding applications and awarding funding to those local pilot projects that focus on priority areas and align with the EDI SDP.
The Board is chaired by an independent member of the University community along with key stakeholders and volunteers from the wider university community with an interest in EDI. Updates and progress from the Sphere Programme Board are regularly reported to the EDI Committee.
Members of the Sphere Programme Board
| Role|| Name|
||Professor Raheela Khan, Professor of Cellular Physiology, School of Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital Centre
||Jodie Chatfield, Technical Services Manager, School of Life Sciences, Medical School, Queens Medical Centre
|Ute Hirsekorn, Assistant Professor of German Studies, Trent Building, University Park
Chenggong Sun, Associate Professor, Engineering, University Park
Lucy Williams, Senior Project Manager, Engineering, RAD building, Jubilee Campus
|Medicine and Health Sciences Representatives
Liaque Latif, Medical School Technician, Life Sciences, Life Sciences Building, University Park
Lopa Leach, Associate Professor, Life Sciences, Medical School, QMC
Sandeep Sidhu, Teaching Associate, Veterinary Medicine & Science, Sutton Bonington Campus
Sonali Shah, NIHR RfPB Senior Research Fellow, Medical School, QMC
Elizabeth Hufton, Senior Research Manager – Faculty of Science (School of Physics and Astronomy), Science, University Park Elizabeth.Hufton@nottingham.ac.uk
Grazziela Figueredo, Senior Research Data Scientist, Digital Research Service, Jubilee Campus
|Social Sciences Representatives
||Jalpa Ruparelia, Assistant Professor, Education, Jubilee Campus
Janet Wallace, Witty Entrepreneurial Scholarships Manager, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus
Kay Fuller, Associate Professor, Education, Jubilee Campus
Sandra Leigh, Assistant Professor, Education, Yang Fujia Building, Jubilee Campus
|Professional Services Representatives
||Julian Tenney, Learning Content Team Leader, University of Nottingham Libraries, King's Meadow Campus
Stavros Pourikas, Capital Projects Manager, Sustainability & Development University Park
Stephen Meek, Director, University Of Nottingham Institute For Policy And Engagement, External Relations, University Park
|Race Equality Charter (REC) Representative
Emmanuel Adegbite, Professor in Accounting and Corporate Governance, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus
| Athena Swan Representative
||Donna Palmer, Esrc Doctoral Training Programmes Manager, Research and Innovation, University Park
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Applications for Sphere funding run annually. For more information on eligibility criteria as well as how to apply, please visit the Sphere funding pages.