Equity blog post

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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.

Your January Feel Good Focus

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by the Feel Good Team

Happy New Year – we hope that you have a nice break over the holidays!

January can seem daunting with covid, the cold weather and the typical ‘blues’ after all the festivities. It can also seem stressful if you have any exams or deadlines upcoming this month.

Here at Feel Good, we want to help you get back to your studies in the healthiest and most positive way possible and help you manage with any stress that you may have.

Try to get a good amount of sleep

Having a good night’s sleep helps you focus throughout the day. Try to aim to have 7-8 hours of sleep. It can seem challenging when thinking of assessments, perhaps try having a bath or shower before bed, a hot drink, reading a book and putting the phone down earlier on in the evening. There are also some apps that help you relax such as Calm or Bloom.

Get organised

Having a planner and writing down tasks can help when it seems that you’re balancing a lot. By seeing what tasks you have can help you realise how to complete them more effectively. Having an organised revision schedule always helps manage stress, but also keeping a tidy and organised room will help too. A good tip to try and maintain this is to tidy your desk and room when you first get up and get ready for the day. By having a clean environment, it can help reduce stress and help you focus on the main task of studying.

Give yourself a break

As important as studying is, it’s important to take a break. Find 15 minutes (#Find 15) to go for a walk, watch your favourite programme, exercise or make a nice meal. You need to take regular breaks so that you don’t burnout. There are many walking routes around all the UWE Bristol campuses. But if you are studying from home, try and look up local routes for you to have a break and explore.

Keep talking

If you are feeling overwhelmed after the holidays, it’s ok to not feel ok. But it’s important to communicate to friends, family or our staff here at UWE Bristol so that they can support you through this time. Your lecturers are here to support you too if you’re feeling stressed about an assessment or anything else. Our health and wellbeing services are always here to help too.

Coming soon…Feel Good February!

Something to look forward to, Feel Good February is coming up!

If you’ve not engaged with Feel Good February before, it’s filled with exciting activities both online and in person (subject to change from advice from the government). The month will be split into weekly themes of relax, try something new, get active and eat well. Each week will be full of things for everyone to get involved in, so keep checking the Feel Good pages for updates! Plus, keep an eye out for the Feel Good February giveaway!

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