Programme highlights

Children Looked After Summer School

Every year we proudly run a three-day residential summer school targeted students who are in foster or residential care. It is an opportunity for these students to experience what life is like at university, increase their confidence and knowledge of higher education. In recent years we worked with the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama and the Royal Veterinary College to offer the students a varied experience of different institutions.​

On a recent summer school, 29% of attendees said they rarely talked about ;university to friends and family. 9.5% indicated they never talk about university to friends and family. Of this 38.5%, only 33% of these students said they were likely to apply to university whereas, after the summer school this increased to 67%.

'No matter what, I will overcome challenges'

Attendee at the Children Looked After Summer School

BAME Careers Event: Building Aspirations, Meeting Expectations

The BAME Careers Event is organised every year by the University's BAME Student Advocates and it offers our diverse student community a unique opportunity to learn, share and network. The goal is to further ambition whilst recognising the unique challenges faced by graduates from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The event includes an inspirational career talk from a prominent guest speaker, a panel composed of BAME industry professionals and Alumni, and a diverse number of workshops . Attendees gain practical tips about how to utilise opportunities effectively, expand networks and further their career.

To learn more about this event, please read last year's report here.

Where did the idea come from?

'I know that careers offices in other universities put on BAME careers events, but we didn't want to do that. I – and the other BAME Advocates from the School of Education, Business and Law – felt that for this to work, it had to be created by students for students because we had unique insight, which staff didn't, into our aspirations.' - Cage Boons, BAME Advocate.

Student feedback

'It was an amazing event. The speakers were motivational and the workshops informative. Also, the photographer was a very nice addition to the event.'

'The event has made a positive impact in the lives of BAME students, it's an absolute necessity.'