Department of Materials


7 Apr 2022

New project to increase diversity and inclusion within engineering gets Academy funding

Two female chemical engineers


A Loughborough University project to help transform the outcomes and experiences of students from underrepresented groups has been awarded £65,000 by the Royal Academy of Engineering (Ra Eng).

‘Don't forget the Mortar! A new approach to engineering education’ is one of 11 projects to receive funding from the RA Eng’s Diversity Impact Programme, which is aiming to increase diversity and inclusion within the discipline.

The Loughborough study will examine the culture of the University and how it can be enhanced to create more inclusive learning environments and better opportunities for students at risk of poorer outcomes. This will help ensure Loughborough’s diverse student body feel valued in engineering and help reduce funding award gaps.

It will also be the first step towards the formation of the Loughborough University Inclusive Excellence Engineering Hub (IEEH). The hub will have a dedicated space for workshops and a study café, along with staff support to deliver end-to-end EDI activities and research encompassing the student journey from curriculum-to-career.