Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students
Our work to support undergraduate Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students is encompassed in our Be More Empowered (BME) for Success Programme. The programme aims to improve the experience and celebrate the success of students from these backgrounds.
The Be More Empowered (BME) for Success programme
We launched the BME Success programme in May 2019. The programme employs and trains current BAME students as advocates to work with students and staff to understand challenges faced by BAME students. They have three areas of focus: reviewing, belonging and events.
If you would like to know more about the Be More Empowered for Success Programme or have students who might benefit from being involved in these activities.
The reviewing team
The reviewing team aim to support the University through School or Faculty level initiatives around learning and teaching, to make it more inclusive and engaging for BAME students. Past successes include:
• Establishing decolonisation workshops
• Contributions to the decolonise the curriculum future learn course
• Creating EDI champions in the Centre for Academic Learning and Development
• Supporting the Medical School Anti-racism group
• Advising the Vet BAME Taskforce
• Hosting BAME student focus group in Arts
• Decolonising the curriculum focus group (Geography and History)
The belonging team
The belonging team aim to increase a greater sense of belonging and positive student experience for BAME students through initiatives that promote visible role models, social equality or wellbeing. Past successes include:
• Black Men and Women Talk project (2019): BMWT is a safe space for black men and women to discuss their life experiences and interpretations of them. Each session focuses on the exploration and sharing of various wellbeing techniques in response to new topics and themes. [Ongoing]
• Alternative Asians (2019): Alternative Asians aimed to engage Asian students with conversations on wellbeing, racial empowerment through events and online articles. [Ongoing]
• Project Zazi (2020): Our collaboration with Off the Record PROJECT Zazi aim to promote mental wellbeing and empower Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students to navigate the challenges of an ever-changing world. [Concluded]
• Yoga Therapy (2020): Yoga Remedy implements the art of Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), where students are empowered to connect with their bodies to counter the negative effects of trauma. [Concluded]
• Be More Empowered for Success portraits (2020): The University’s Heritage and Public Arts Committee unveiled seven new portraits of BAME figures in the Reception room at Wills Memorial Building to celebrate the first anniversary of this programme.
The events team
The events team aim to organise informative and engaging events for students throughout the academic year, in partnership with Schools, Faculties and the Bristol Students Union. Past successes include:
• Getting into the creative industry: Vice, BBC, Channel 4 (2019)
• A Colourful Queer Chat (2019)
• Diwali celebration (2019)
• EFM Global Food festival (2019)
• Black History Month (2019, 2020)
• Being BME in STEM (2019, 2020)
• Islamophobia Awareness Month (2019, 2020)
• Ramadan Kareem: Celebrate and Learn (2020)
• Black Lives Matter: Wellbeing webinar (2020)
• Tiers of Laughter: Comedy show (2020)
• Medicine and Misogynoir (2020)
• Towards a decolonised university (2020)
• Food for Thoughts series (2020 – 21)
• Henrietta Lacks Webinar (2021)
• Black Lives Matter: Anti-racism webinar series (2021)
• Drinking sunsets (2021)
• Virtual Iftar: Come Dine with Us (2021)
• In conversation with Lord Boateng (2021)
Anti-Racism at Bristol
The University is determined to tackle racial discrimination in all its forms. We are committed to making sure that our University is inclusive. We want the experience of studying and working here to be positive and welcoming for everyone, of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Click here to find out more about Anti-Racism at Bristol.
If you experience or witness any incidents of racism, prejudice or harassment, please report this as unacceptable behaviour:
- You can report anonymously, or give your name and receive follow up contact and support. Our reporting unacceptable behaviour page explains more about how to make a report and what will happen next.
- Contact the police (by visiting your local police station) or by phone
- Contact SARI for free, confidential support for victims of hate crime in Bristol
Available counselling for BAME students
The University has agreed to a partnership with Nilaari to provide culturally appropriate counselling services for students from BAME backgrounds. You can contact Nilaari directly to receive up to 5 free counselling sessions.
Access student support
There is a range of support available to help you throughout your time at university.
Help with managing your money and support for students in financial hardship.
Peer mentoring is available for any first-year undergraduate to help you settle in during your first few months.
Health and wellbeing
We have a range of free health and wellbeing support available to all undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.
Our advisers support students with a range of disabilities, learning difficulties and other health conditions.
Faith and spirituality
Find a place of worship in the city and meet our chaplains.
What to do if you're thinking about suspending, transferring or withdrawing from your course.
Your personal tutor is an academic member of staff who you can meet regularly for help with your academic and personal development.
Access up to date information for International students
Advice for students on a study or short-term visas and their dependants.
BAME student newsletter
The BAME student newsletter includes information, opportunities and events for Black Asian Minority Ethnic Students. Previous editions:
Resources for students and staff
As part of our commitment to creating a University culture that ensures all members of our community feel they belong and are treated with respect, we have made the following resources available for students and staff:
Throughout the year, you can attend events, take part in workshops, hear talks by high-profile speakers and connect with other BAME students.
Our Belonging Projects
Black Men and Women Talk - Monthly discussion that aims to establish a safe, supportive and understanding environment for Black students that identify as Male/Female to discuss their lived experiences and well-being.
Alternative Asians - Termly discussions that aim to promote wellbeing and racial empowerment amongst East Asian students, through informal chats and workshops.
The University of Bristol has commissioned a report by Cosmos Engagement Ltd to help us capture and understand the university experience of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. Access the report here
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Be More Empowered portraits
The Be More Empowered portraits (PDF, 8,084kB) which are on permanent display in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building, commemorate the first anniversary of the University’s Be More Empowered for Success programme.