Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

PhD student in the Hounsfield Facility, Sutton Bonington

The Sphere Programme

The Sphere Programme is a key element of the University’s EDI Strategic Delivery Plan – the overarching theme which joins up different EDI activity across the University. 

The Sphere Programme includes: 

  • task and finish groups to address specific challenges 
  • EDI events programme
  • targeted short-term inventions
  • projects that will enhance our knowledge, understanding and delivery of EDI

Our Faculties, Professional Services at the Students’ Union will adopt annual Sphere challenges, which highlight and address their distinct areas of priority and delivery.

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 will also manage a small discretionary fund that will support pilot project activities in collaboration with local teams. 

Board members will mainly be volunteers from our wider University community, and be chaired by an independent member of the University community.

Sphere funding

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sphere programme for 20/21 is being launched later than anticipated and offers an opportunity to apply for funding which will deliver change through Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) activity. Find out more about the latest funding call below:

Sphere funding call


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Trent Building
University Park Campus