We're recruiting for BAME Ambassadors!
At uea(su) we’re working with the university to tackle the degree awarding gap that continues to affect students from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. We are looking to recruit eight paid BAME Ambassadors, to make sure the lived experience of BAME students is at the centre of efforts to close the degree awarding gap. Right now in the UK, there is a 13% 'gap’ between the likelihood of white students and students from BAME backgrounds getting a 1st or a 2:1 degree classification. We think this is wrong and we're making it a priority to work with UEA to address it. As part of this, we're piloting the BAME Ambassadors scheme in four schools across UEA, with the aim to roll it out more widely next academic year, subject to funding.
Why are we doing this?
We know that BAME students at UEA are facing barriers while studying here, and we want this to change. In a recent publication, the National Union of Students and Universities UK, made a series of recommendations of how to address the BAME degree awarding gap. Our project builds on these recommendations and aims to create empowering academic communities, and safer spaces for BAME students at UEA, through projects and events that promote race, social equality and inclusion. We want to create an envionrment where BAME students can thrive, through developing events and projects to build communities, and work towards longer term change. This is a pilot year for the project, and we have worked with UEA’s Widening Participation Team to access the funding, with the aim of securing more funding in the 2020/21 academic year to roll the scheme out further.
Which schools are part of the pilot?
If you’re a student in MED, LDC, PHA or LAW, then you can apply to be a BAME Ambassador. We’re hoping that these pilots will be successful and we’ll be able to use the results to get more funding to involve more schools in the future.
What will a BAME Ambassador do?
As it’s the first year of the Ambassadors scheme, it’s an exciting time to join! The approach in each school will be slightly different, and you’ll have a chance to shape the projects you’re working on. You’ll work up to 9 hours per week, and this might involve meeting with staff students, undertaking research, being trained to do the role, organising events, sorting out publicity... the role is varied and will help you gain a range of transferable skills for future employment. The details of each school’s projects can be found here in the Ambassador information pack.
How do I apply?
If you’re interested in being a BAME Ambassador, head to our student staff vacancies page, and click through to the application form. You’ll need to write a personal statement, demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the role specification and once the deadline has passed, we’ll create a shortlist of candidates to take to interview. The deadline for applications is midnight on 3rd November 2019. This role is open to all UEA students registered to study in LDC, MED, PHA and LAW. Given the nature of the role, we would particularly welcome applications from students who define as Black, Asian or minority ethnic.
I’ve got a question – who can I ask?
Jo Caulfield, Head of Student Voice, Education and Equality at uea(su): firstname.lastname@example.org
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