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BAME Higher Education Community Champions

Description of the role:

A significantly lower percentage of people from BAME communities consider or progress into HE than is the expected from both the local and national populations. Some BAME communities are hard to engage with and this includes both the students and parents.

The University of Suffolk and ISCRE have set up a programme of listening and engagement activities with a range of communities in Suffolk to inform both students and parents of the HE opportunities available and assist with accessing them. In addition, the project will help train community leaders and champions to enable them to support families in their communities.

Year group: Parents and students year 9 +
Target group:
• students from ‘Gaps’ wards (neaco target students we have been targeting since 2017)
• students from areas of low higher education participation (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or Quintile 2)
• low household income or low socioeconomic status
• black, Asian and minority ethnic students
• mature students
• people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
• refugees
• parents and carers

Opportunity Activities: Advice, Information and Support, Befriending and Buddying, Campaigning and Lobbying, Community Work, Mentoring
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

• Experience or desire to volunteer with young people and families
• Interest in inclusive education
• Interest in mentoring
• Culturally sensitive
• Diplomatic
• Good communication skills
• Organised
• Reliable
• Ability to relate and communicate with a range of audiences

What skills will be learned / gained?

• Opportunity to support our BAME communities to access information on HE options
• Mentor families to realise potential to progress into HE
• In-depth training and support
• Expenses
• Support and influence the Equalities agenda

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

• In-depth training and support

Extra information:

Virtual leading to face to face once restrictions have been lifted
Your contact and support will be Daisy Robinson (County Coordinator, Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco)
and Siobhan Kranjanasilp (Partnership and Integration Coordinator for ISCRE: Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality)

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: ISCRE
Organisation Profile:

ISCRE runs culturally-informed interventions to support individuals and organisations in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors, to understand the extent and nature of inequality experienced by individuals and groups in fields such as the criminal justice system, housing, employment, education, health and social care. The aim is to encourage them to implement policies and practices which will eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity, and good relations, between all persons.