New call for Catalyst Fund bids: Tackling hate crime and online harassment on campus

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New call for Catalyst Fund bids: Tackling hate crime and online harassment on campus

  1. HEFCE-funded higher education institutions and further education colleges are invited to submit proposals for projects on student safeguarding, to receive funding of up to £50,000 from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund.
  2. This funding builds on the previous call, ‘Catalyst fund: Student safeguarding on campus’ (HEFCE Circular letter 36/2016), which addressed issues of sexual harassment and violence on campus. Applications for the previous call were strong in the area of sexual harassment, but there were gaps in terms of proposals to tackle hate crime as well as online harassment against students targeted because of their race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  3. Institutions which were successful in the previous call may bid for this round of funding if the proposal is distinctive, or adds to their existing safeguarding projects to develop impactful interventions focused on the needs of students with protected characteristics or of targeted vulnerable groups, while meeting the relevant criteria as set out in Annex A.
  4. The deadline for returning completed business cases is noon on Monday 31 July 2017.
  5. We expect a range of proposals, relating to institutions’ own strategies and to local and regional priorities, and building on the activities and research that HEFCE, Universities UK and other bodies have undertaken in these areas.
  6. Proposals will be assessed by a panel of HEFCE staff and external experts from across relevant areas of knowledge particular to student safeguarding.
  7. Funding will be made available from the Catalyst Fund. We launched this fund in August 2012 as the route for discretionary investment to support key strategic priorities, and advised then that from time to time we might issue calls for projects relating to specific topics.
  8. The Catalyst Fund remains open for bids in other key priority areas, but we are unlikely to take forward unrelated bids for tackling student safeguarding, hate crime and online harassment while these calls and schemes are running.
  9. Funding is available to higher education institutions and further education colleges that are directly funded by HEFCE. Based on the legal restrictions on our funding responsibilities, we can consider proposals from directly funded further education colleges only where these link directly to the development and delivery of prescribed courses of higher education

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2017/CL,202017/

 

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