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The Equity programme has now come to an end for the year and this will be our last blog post before the new term.

This year it was great to have some events and sessions taking place in person, as well as some online events. We were also nominated for Team of the Year award at the Welfare Awards 2022 and although we lost out to the SU Advice Centre it was an honour to be recognised.

What have you said about Equity this year?

Throughout the year we’ve had some great feedback from you about the Equity programme with many saying it provided an, ” inclusive and safe space to talk about [their] experience as a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student” and helped them to gain “a sense of belonging”.

Many also mentioned how they “learnt useful skills such as how to professionally deal with a conflict of interest” and “felt more confident after every session”.

One student also said that Equity had “made [them] feel like [they] mean something, matter and can achieve [their] goals, even if [they] sometimes don’t feel [they] can.” They also said it empowered and motivated them in their wider university life.

And finally when asked about their expectations for the Equity module, 43% said it met expectations and 57% said exceeded expectations.

Planning is underway for the launch of Equity programme 2022/23 so make sure you join us next year for more exciting events.

In case you missed it…

The Ashford Essay competition – deadline Friday 17 June 2022

The competition is a positive action activity open to all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students across campuses. You are tasked with writing an essay, answering the question that corresponds with your level of study during the 2021/22 academic year.

If successful you could win one of eight cash prizes up to £1,000.

Feel free to share our post with your friends to help grow our Equity network. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’re here to support you and if you have any questions or ideas for Equity please feel free to contact us at equity@uwe.ac.uk.

We hope you have a lovely summer and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn term!

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We’ve got lots of opportunities and activities to get involved in over the next few months – read on to make sure you don’t miss out!

The Ashfords Equity essay competition is now open!

The competition is a positive action activity open to all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students across campuses. You are tasked with writing an essay, answering the question that corresponds with your level of study during the 2021/22 academic year. If successful you could win one of eight cash prizes.

Contribute to the second issue of The Zine

The Zine is a platform for students to share their experiences and thoughts related to the topics of decolonisation and diversity. You can download and read the first issue from the decolonising the library webpage.

The first issue has been well received by students and staff, leading to discussions and actions. So, this is your opportunity to share your stories and experiences, and help us to develop an anti-racist, more inclusive and more diverse culture at UWE Bristol!

The final deadline for contributions is Friday 10 June 2022. For more info on how to contribute, visit the call for contributions webpage.

Black men talk health workshop

Join the free, online workshop for Black, African and Asian men on Thursday 28 April from 12:00-13:30. The workshop will explore emotional wellbeing and distress and will include a key note speech from Mayor Marvin Rees. Register here.

Calling final year students

If you’re working on your final year project with a core focus that sits within one or more of these disciplines: Innovation, Usability, Product Design, Mechanical Engineering or Electronics and Software, then the Ethnic Diversity Excellence Programme might be for you.

The programme offers an invaluable opportunity for three students from minority Ethnic and Heritage communities to take part in a funded 8 week internship at Kinneir Dufort. If you want to know more or if you have questions, join the webinar on Wednesday 20 April from 16:00 – 17:00.

Have you been offered a sandwich year placement?

Congratulations! Placement years give you invaluable industry experience and we’re so excited for you to embark on this journey.

So what next? To prevent any complications with registering for a sandwich year and to ensure the opportunity is the safest and most suitable option for you, complete the placement approval form as soon as possible. Find out what you need to do before and during you placement on the placement web pages.

You can also attend one of our virtual pre-departure briefings to receive full support and guidance on your first week, making a good first impression, managing your money and more. Our next one is on Wednesday 27 April at 14:00 but we also have sessions in May, June and July if you’d rather attend after the assessment period. Take a look at all our placement events here.

Employability opportunities

Health and Applied Sciences Widening Participation intern

If you are passionate about Race Equality and making a real impact, this role might be for you! The role offers interns the opportunity to gain experience and contribute to the provision of support to students who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. Find out more >

UWE Summer internship scheme

The 2022 Undergraduate Internship Scheme is a chance to find and participate in an eight-week internship over the summer to gain valuable work experience in a range of employment sectors. Find out more >

Police Constable recruitment

Wiltshire Police will be launching their Police Constable recruitment on 25 April. If you’re interested register here.

Other events of interest

Cables & Cameras presents: Framing Female Films

This is a screening and celebration of female producers and directors from Bristol and the surrounding regions.

We’ll explore stories from the commonwealth, to the Windrush generation,
unpacking and discussing intersectionality and identity, to the experiences of non-binary persons of colour in the UK.

The screening will take place at 19:30 on Friday 22 April at The Cube Cinema. Book your tickets here.

Celebrating Culture Conference

Save the date! In collaboration with The Students’ Union we’ll be hosting the Celebrating Culture Conference taking place on Friday 6 May. Details to follow!

Feel free to share our post with your friends to help grow our Equity network. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We’re here to support you and if you have any questions or ideas for Equity please feel free to contact us at equity@uwe.ac.uk.

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We hope your assessments have gone well and that you’re back in the swing of your studies.

Things you might have missed…

We started the year with the good news that the University has dropped the use of the BAME acronym and will use more specific terms to describe someone’s ethnicity. You can read the full article on the UWE Bristol website.

On the 9th March, we hosted a watch party of Bobbi O’Gilvie’s original Networking to Succeed webinar. Speaking to students after the event, they said they liked how Bobbi linked to anecdotes making the points relatable especially when talking about the anxiety of networking. They also appreciated how she encouraged networking when you feel it’s necessary rather than pushing it as something to be doing all the time. And they also liked her suggestion of reducing networking anxiety by giving yourself a script to follow.

You can catch up with Bobbi’s webinar and others on our Equity webpage.

Things to get involved in…

Become a PAL leader

PAL leaders play an important role in supporting their fellow students during their time at University. There are a variety of roles on offer and it’s a great opportunity for you to learn soft skills such as planning and organisation as well as learning mentoring and communication skills.

There’s also the option to undertake the ILM Level 3 Award in Mentoring which will help you stand out to employers when you graduate.

Things to look out for…

Ashford Essay Competition 2022

Last year saw a good calibre of essays from UWE students and Ashford’s said they were grateful to all who entered and found it hard to pick winners. Ashford’s picked their top four essays from students across faculties with each winner receiving prize money of £1,500.

The competition is open to Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students and we’ll be announcing the details of the 2022 competition very soon!

Celebrating Culture Conference

Soon we’ll also be sharing the details of our end of year Equity event in collaboration with the Students’ Union taking place in May 2022.

For any further information visit our Equity webpage and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And feel free to share this post with friends and help build the Equity network!

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Happy new year and welcome back – we hope you’re settling back in!

We’re starting the year with our very first Equity blog post to keep you updated on upcoming Equity activities and events.

Have a read and share it with your friends to help grow our Equity network. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

What is Equity?

Equity was designed to help Black, Asian, and minority ethnic students enhance their personal and professional skills. By participating in Equity, students have the opportunity to develop the confidence and abilities they’ll need to succeed at university and in their chosen profession.

Equity also allows students to experience a safe space and sense of belonging by conversing with fellow students on lived experiences, whether being on the same course or around race and racism.

We also share specific opportunities for Black, Asian, and minority ethnic students, including mentoring and coaching sessions and work-based learning activities such as internships and placements.

During my first year in university, I was a part of the Equity programme which helped me develop a sense of belonging.

Nazifa

Upcoming Equity events

Wednesday 16 February – ‘Networking to succeed’: webinar and watch party with Bobbi O’Gilvie

This will be a guided discussion and watch party of the original networking workshop from March 2021, with added insights and a live Q&A with Bobbi. Bobbi is a coach from Ready to Blog and Director of Startup Grind Bristol, a global community of over 600 cities helping business people to connect.

Bobbi’s work is focused on building people’s confidence in reaching their goals, especially around networking, an area which Bobbi is always working to improve on.

The aim of the webinar is to give students the courage to look for people to connect with by signing up for zoom rooms and networking events and then put into practice some of the networking tips and tools discussed in the session.

To find out more about the webinar watch this short promo from Bobbi. And if you’re interested in attending, sign up by filling out our short registration form.

Please note this webinar is only for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students to provide a safe space for discussion.

Missed previous Equity webinars?

You can catch up with past webinars on our Equity webpage. Past themes include looking after your wellbeing, led by speaker Vanessa Maria and self-realisation and success led by poet and award-winning journalist Sayo.

Coming soon

Soon we’ll be sharing information about Equity student committee social events on our social media platforms and towards the end of the year we’ll share details on our Celebrating Culture Conference in collaboration with the Students’ Union.

The skills I developed during my time with the Equity programme are strong leadership, excellent verbal and written communication and teamwork skills.

Bassmala Elbushary

You might also be interested in…

Strive internship programme 2022

Strive is an exciting paid summer internship programme providing the opportunity to get ahead and work with market leading businesses.

Employers include, Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council, Encounters Festivals, Hargreaves Lansdown, Intellect Books, True to Nature, West of England Sport Trust, UWE Bristol and many more.

To apply you must be:

  • UK domicile Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic student.
  • Be living or studying in the region, or have graduated from University within the last 12 months.
  • Be available to work full-time from June 2022 for a minimum of four weeks.

To apply just send in your CV and cover letter to striveinterns@hl.co.uk by Monday 31st January. Successful candidates will be invited to share their internship preferences in terms of sectors, roles and/or organisations.

Feel Good February

The Feel Good February team are looking for a 30- 60 second recordings of ‘what feel good means to you’. You can include any feel good theme (relax, try something new, get active or eat well) or if you’d like to share your general/personal approach to health and wellbeing that’s good too!

Just send your video to Stephanie.Todd@uwe.ac.uk by Monday 7 February.

We’re here to support you and if you have any questions or ideas for Equity please feel free to contact us at equity@uwe.ac.uk.

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