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About the project

In 2018 MPLS Division launched its Beyond Boundaries project, funded by the Oxford Diversity Fund - an art competition for Oxfordshire state school students to create art inspired by research from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) scientists and mathematicians.

Now open for nominations

Beyond Boundaries is running again in 2019-20 and is now accepting nominations/applications for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) researchers and academics to be involved and profiled for the project. The art competition is for school students in Years 5-8, and is aimed at increasing the visibility of Oxford’s BAME scientists and mathematicians, bridging the perceived divide between science and art, and further connecting schools and local communities with the University.

The project involves showcasing 6 BAME researchers and academics from a diverse range of backgrounds, and producing short and engaging descriptions of their career paths and research along with photographs, and informal videos where possible. Researcher profiles from the 2018 competition (along with the artwork that was created) can be viewed here: School students will be asked to select one of the researchers/academics and create an artistic representation of that person’s research (e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.), along with a short statement explaining their creation. 

Student winners and runners-up in each year group will receive prize money and recognition at an awards ceremony and exhibition in Oxford in Spring 2020; and their art will be shared online through the webpage and social media.

We are seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for BAME academics and researchers within MPLS. We are looking for people who:

  • Self-identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME);
  • Conduct exciting research of interest to primary and secondary school students, particularly research which has a positive societal impact;
  • Have intriguing and relatable life and/or career stories – for example, individuals who have overcome challenging life/work circumstances, have been the first in their family to pursue a science/maths career, took an unconventional path to STEM, etc.

Please email your nominations by 15 November 2019 to, with a short paragraph on why you have nominated that person and a bit about their background (related to their career and research) and how they meet the broad criteria listed above. Self-nominations are welcome. The selected researchers/academics will be asked to provide descriptions of their career and research, photographs, and possibly short videos.

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