We are looking to create a whole cohort of new academics in SHS who will have the funding, training, support networks and career progression opportunities necessary to change UK academia permanently.
To affect change, 100 in 10 needs to be far more than a short-term initiative. By 2050, we envisage the PhD programme conceived in 2020 to have been pivotal in transforming the equality, diversity and inclusion landscape, not just in academia but in society at large.
The planned scheme comprises funding for the Master’s programme as well as four years of PhD study. Students will progress to the PhD stage upon successful completion of their Master’s degree.
SHS has so far been able to offer six Research Opportunity Scholarships (ROS) awards, two per year over the first three years of the scheme, which commenced in 2019. The first four awards were centrally funded by UCL, with the two allocated for 2020-21 financed directly by SHS. SHS will provide three scholarships commencing in 2022, one centrally funded by UCL and two again financed through SHS.
It is vital that prospective funders understand that we are already supporting – even if at a much smaller scale – a version of the change that we wish to see. From 2022, SHS will also enhance the mentoring scheme for existing and recent ROS students, both to support them in their ongoing studies and to learn lessons about what can be done better in the future.
To move from the ROS provision to 100 in 10, we need vastly greater investment. 100 in 10 thus constitutes a key SHS fundraising objective and we are working through the Office of the Vice-Provost for Advancement (OVPA) to develop channels for philanthropy. The scheme will provide a pathway to deliver on a key objective outlined in the SHS strategic plan for 2019-2029, namely ‘diversifying the academy’, and to meet the challenge of the UCL-wide equity and inclusion plan, 2020-2021.
UCL’s Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences is seeking funding for our 100 in 10 scheme, an unprecedented intervention aimed at training and supporting 100 new BAME students to progress from undergraduate to postgraduate study and subsequently into careers in academia.