The GATEWAY Project is the School of Art, Design, and Architecture’s flagship project for access and participation.
The aim is to deliver inclusivity and diversity activities which:
- Highlight diversity and inclusion within the university.
- Attract and support a wider range of students.
- Provide diversity and inclusion resources and training to students and staff.
- Can be evaluated against the School's APP objectives.
Our aim is to change our operating logic and embed values and behaviours that will support and celebrate a diverse and inclusive creative culture within the University and provide content to form the core of our marketing activities.
Working with partners from across industry and the community, the project is a journey to explore what diversity means and how we can support, encourage, promote, and celebrate it through our creative practices.
This collaborative approach to developing a diverse and inclusive culture asks everyone “how can you help?”.
The student and staff focus groups have delivered fantastic insight into the experience, attitudes, ideas and aspirations.
The initiative will develop strategies around three key pillars, communication, creative practice, and training and support, which emerged from research collected during our focus groups with the University of Plymouth’s students and staff.
Outcomes to be developed:
- Raising awareness
- Outreach to schools and colleges
- Engagement with communities at a local, national, and international level
Would you like to arrange a visit to see our facilities and meet our students and staff?
- Exploring the theme of diversity through the shared theme modules
- Celebration of our creative diversity through events
Would you like to work with us on a project, set up an internship, or attend one of our events?
Training and support
- Providing resources
Would you like to create a lecture or workshop, review portfolios, hold a mock interview, or mentor students?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Jonathan Forster | University Project Lead
Jonathan is a designer and educator and creator of the Multi Story Thinking Podcast.
Polly Macpherson | University Project Lead
Polly is an Associate Head of School Art, Design and Architecture.
Simon Hamilton Creative | Partner Consultant
Simon is an interior designer, presenter, diversity and inclusion consultant and careers mentor.
Jabo Butera | Partner Consultant
Jabo is the co-founder and Managing Director of DBI (Diversity Business Incubator) with extensive experience in community building.
Diversity Business Incubator | Partner consultant
The DBI is a Business Hub for Minority Ethnicity entrepreneurs based in Plymouth.
Tania Nana | Partner consultant
Alusche Latuka | Partner consultant