What is Equity?

The Equity award-winning programme is aimed at providing personal and professional development opportunities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic students.

Equity provides Black, Asian and minority ethnic students with opportunities and safe spaces to:

  • explore your leadership identity (leadership and identity coaching) 
  • build confidence and skills to succeed at the University and in your chosen career (workshops and webinars) 
  • access inspiring Black, Asian and ethnic minority role models (webinars and speaker events) 
  • develop social and professional networks (webinars and speaker events) 
  • develop confidence in accessing opportunities and support at university  (workshops)
  • have conversations about race and racism and share your experiences (across all activities)
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Opportunities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic students

Equity Module 

We have an opportunity every year for Black, Asian and minority ethnic students to join the Equity Module, which provides access to:

The module follows the theory of possible selves, referred to as "Know me (self-realisation), know how (skills), know where (network)’. ‘What [people] might become, would they would like to become, and what they are afraid of becoming’ (Markus and Nurius 1986, p. 954)."

It will focus on an understanding of self, understanding of place and sense of belonging and development skills. This module is only available to UK domicile Black, Asian and minority ethnic students.

The applications for joining the Equity Module are closed now. Registration will open at the beginning of October.

Socials and career progression

  • Digital Equity socials: The student-led socials provide a relaxed space on campus and online for you to meet with like-minded people sharing interests, activities and discussing different topics.
  • The University offers a range of work-based learning activities which you can opt into such as placements, study abroad, internships, and volunteering. These have a positive impact on your employability and graduate outcomes.

Ashfords Equity essay competition

UWE Bristol students and recent graduates could win one of four cash prizes of £1,500 through our Equity essay competition, supported by Ashfords LLP.

Essay competition
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Equity events

View all our Equity events.

  • Environmental Justice Panel Discussion I Black History Month

    Date: 18 October 2021 - 18 October 2021
    Time: 19:00-20:30
    Venue: Watershed, Bristol

    Join The Students' Union at UWE at the Watershed for a discussion on climate justice, what it means, and how BAME voices are coming together and being amplified in the environmental movement today.

  • Poetry Cafe Writing Workshop I Black History Month

    Date: 21 October 2021 - 21 October 2021
    Time: 17:00-19:30

    As part of Black History Month 2021, The Students' Union at UWE is hosting a Poetry Workshop with the aim of inspiring students to channel their creativity and get writing.

  • "Can You Hear Me?" Spoken Word Night

    Date: 28 October 2021 - 28 October 2021
    Time: 19:00-21:00
    Venue: Drama Theatre, UWE Bristol Bower Ashton Campus

    As part of an ongoing “Celebrating Culture” campaign, The Students' Union at UWE presents this open mic night on the theme of “Can You Hear Me? A Celebration of Cultural Identities” held at the Drama Theatre located on Bower Ashton Campus.

Equity Webinar Series

Watch recordings from our webinars.

How to network to reach your goals

This webinar was hosted by Bobbi O'Gilvie to help empower students to leverage the power of networking to reach their goals.

The following areas are covered:

  • Different types of networking
  • How to set goals for your networking interactions to get the most out of them
  • How to overcome the "freeze fear" when approaching networking opportunities
  • How to connect rather than transact in networking situations
  • Pitching with purpose.

Watch the webinar  

My whole self: when mental health matters

This workshop was hosted by Vanessa Maria to support your general wellbeing in and outside of your studies. This is a space where you can learn more about managing stress and anxiety, build up your confidence and self-esteem and work towards becoming your best possible self.

We touch on the following:

  • Time management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Sense of self and identity
  • Finding your “what”
  • Reconnecting with your core strengths

Watch the webinar 

Finding your way - career planning

This workshop was hosted by the UWE Careers team to support your career journey and helping you identify your motivations, values and strengths.

The webinar covers the following topics: 

  • Explain how a career development framework can help you make sense of your career planning
  • Know how to research career options
  • Know how to search for placements, graduate employment and postgraduate study
  • Know how to access UWE Careers support

Watch the webinar 

Celebrating Black, Asian, and Minority excellence: Equity end-of-programme speaker event

UWE Bristol academic Xavier Baker chaired the panel discuss their journeys to success and their struggle in becoming Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders in their diverse sectors.

They explored what they learnt and developed themselves whilst working towards their end goals amongst the barriers for BAME in comparison of white counterparts. The panel also imparted their knowledge and experience of how to challenge barriers and overcome obstacles.

Introducing our panellists:

  • Xavier Baker, Chair: UWE Bristol Assistant Support Lecturer
  • Dr Mena Fombo: Entrepreneur
  • Precious Onyenekwu Tatah: Former President of The Students' Union at UWE
  • Zahir Nayani: Legal Director, Foot Anstey
  • Raifa Rafiq: Associate Solicitor, Akin Gump

Watch the webinar


Equity mentoring

Mentoring provides you with career support from an industry professional. Equity mentoring is an innovative, positive-action talent programme.

More about mentoring
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Additional opportunities

Equity Student Committee

There is also opportunity to join our Equity Student Committee which will offer you an opportunity to gain leadership, communication and marketing amongst other skills which are transferable skills for your career development. 

We will also submit your engagement hours to the Higher Education Achievement Report – a record of extracurricular achievements verified by the university. 

Duties and responsibilities 

  • Organise Equity social events for all Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Provide feedback and a collective student voice for the programme
  • Build and maintain working relationships with contacts and students within faculty
  • Attend all Student Committee meetings
  • Attend and support all Equity events and activities
  • Take the lead for Equity promotion within your faculty and the rest of the university
  • Create promotional content on an ad hoc basis 

For further information email equity@uwe.ac.uk.

West of England Black Interns Pilot 2021

Want to get ahead by taking a 4 week paid internship? Then why not express an interest in participating in our new internship programme launching in September 2021.
Our internship programme has been inspired by the #10000BlackInterns initiative and is open to black students living or studying in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

During your internship you will have the opportunity to work with some of the leading businesses in the West of England, gain valuable work experience, explore a sector you’re interested in and start building your network plus so much more.

We’ll be offering up to 50 paid internships this year.

Find out about how you can get involved

Why is Equity Black, Asian and minority ethnic focussed?

Equity is a positive action programme that's all about providing additional support to help overcome disadvantage and barriers.

Positive action is lawful under the Equality Act 2010 and education providers can offer additional support for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups based on past discrimination. 

In our most recent data from the 2019/20 academic year, the attainment gap between Black, Asian and minority ethnic students and white students is 16.7 percentage points, and the gap between Black students and white students is 32.2 percentage points.

The awarding gap is the percentage point difference in good honours degree. Comparison groups are based on groups used by the Office for Students in the Access and Participation Plan datasets.

The Equity programme aims align with the University's Strategy 2030 to address Black, Asian and minority ethnic students’ attainment gap and increase their sense of belonging and identity within our university community, support students to graduate with Good Honours degree and positive Graduate Outcomes. .

Opportunities for all students

Opportunities include:

  • speaker programmes – inspirational keynote addresses from high-profile Black, Asian and minority ethnic speakers
  • faculty-led events – industry-specific sessions from professionals within the sector, so you can gain insight on how to succeed with your chosen career path and network.
  • signposting to opportunities and support, highlighting the wider support being offered by the University.

"It’s an opportunity to have an internal reflection about who you are, where you come from, and where you see yourself going. And having that discussion with people who have your better interests at heart. I hadn’t had that opportunity before."

Xavier Baker, UWE Bristol graduate

Xavier Baker UWE Bristol graduate

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