Institute for Social Inclusion

In 2018, Keele will be launching a major new initiative, the Institute for Social Inclusion. The Institute will draw together a vibrant community of researchers from across disciplines, to tackle the issues of inequality on a local, national and global scale.

Mission Statement
Achieving a greater degree of social inclusion is of critical importance to the development of just, integrated, diverse, cohesive and thriving societies in an increasingly interdependent world. This Institute promotes and supports a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects meeting standards of international excellence. Our research seeks to identify, explain and overcome specific social, economic and cultural obstacles to egalitarian respect and social inclusion. Our aim is to work with external partners to address those social harms that cause people to be unnecessarily constrained in realising their full potential. We investigate current and historical issues of exclusion in local, regional, national and international contexts. Our research responds to the need for inclusion and respect for all in the UK and in global society, as demanded by groups and peoples who have been disempowered, marginalised or underrepresented.

There will be further announcements on the Institute for Social Inclusion over the next few months, and we hope that you will join us in this ambitious and exciting project.  

Derek McGhee headshot

Professor Derek McGhee
Director of the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion

Further Information

Internal Funding Call

Funds are available for collaborative groups (with individuals from at least two Schools) to bid for up to £4,000 to form interdisciplinary Project Research Groups.  The funding can be used for a range of developmental activities with the potential to lead to major outputs, for example:

  • The organisation of seminars, workshops or other events that will lead to the development and submission of a large funding application (as Principal Investigator (PI) or as Co-Investigator (CI)).
  • The development of networks with potential collaborators on large grant applications (be these academic partners or external stakeholders), including funds for meetings and travel (PIs or CIs).
  • Small seed-corn projects that will act as a springboard for the development, writing and submission of a large grant (PIs or CIs).
  • Other pump-priming activities (such as small-scale fieldwork or research visits) that will lead to the development, writing and submission of a large grant (PIs or CIs).
  • Limited professional support, research assistance, or external consultancy that may assist in the development and submission of a large grant application.
  • Any other activity or work that will contribute to the aims of the fund, as outlined above.

Please note that due to financial regulations, the funding must be spent, and expense claims submitted, by 4 July 2018, so please plan your activity accordingly.

The deadline for submitting applications is 19 March 2018 at 5 pm

Institute of Social Inclusion Funding request form 17-18

Applications should be submitted by email, as a Word document, to Sue Humphries s.e.humphries@keele.ac.uk