About the Seed Fund

The strength and vitality of Imperial is thanks entirely to the people who work and study at the College. Through our strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), we aim to add to that strength and vitality. We want to create an institution that is fully committed to equality of opportunity, to the enrichment of diversity, and to giving all members of our community a sense of belonging and inclusion.

We know that different people and groups within the College often have bright ideas about how we can do things better. We are keen to nurture and stimulate that creativity so that it might have maximum impact. The EDI Seed Fund will support the College community in generating ideas, activities and initiatives that will contribute to the objectives of Imperial’s EDI strategy and help build a fully inclusive institutional culture.

The EDI Seed Fund will reopen for applications in autumn 2020.

2019-20 successful applications for funding

"We were very pleased by the response to the new Seed Fund. The panel would like to thank everyone who took the time to prepare and submit an application. There was a fantastic range of ideas and it was a pleasure to see so much enthusiasm and creativity from staff and students."

Stephen Curry

Assistant Provost (EDI)

The inaugural round of the EDI Seed Fund saw 21 applications received, requesting funds totalling more than four times the value of the £10k Seed Fund. 

The assessment panel consisted of: Stephen Curry (Assistant Provost (EDI)), Shervin Sabeghi, (ICU Deputy President (Welfare)), Sally Parekh (REC Coordinator), Rob Bell (Athena SWAN Coordinator) and Liz Elvidge (Head of the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre). The panel endeavoured to allocate the Seed Fund as equitably as possible. In a few cases, the panel was able to identify alternative sources of funding for projects that could not be supported from the Seed Fund. 

Activities funded include outreach work, the creation of diverse staff and student portraits, discussion events, and workshops. All the projects are due to be completed by the end of July 2020. Success applications included:

Creative Futures

Dr Sunday Popo-Ola and Professor Sara Rankin will run workshops for school students who are under-represented at Imperial.


Dr Wayne Mitchell will take a group of Imperial students to the Reach Society Careers Conferences, which targets black students wishing to go to university.

The African-Caribbean Society Outreach Programme

Mr Kitan Oyeleke and the Society will expand their mentoring programme for under-privileged, high-achieving black students from local schools.

Shifting the Lens, MixedRaceFaces, and Black People of Imperial

These three projects will work on diversifying the physical and digital portraiture at Imperial.

We Imperial

Ms Deborah Adegoke, Ms Amna Ahmed, and Mr Amr Alwishah, will run a series of discussion events, brining together underrepresented students to talk about their experiences and to generate ideas on how to improve the multicultural environment in the College.

Men, gender equality and inclusivity in the workplace

Ms Francesca Siracusa will run a workshop that aims to tackle gender inequality in the workplace by empowering men as advocates.