Be More Empowered for Success PGR Programme

This programme plays a key role in influencing positive change for home Black, Asian and minority ethnic postgraduate researchers (PGRs).

The initiative was developed recognising universities need to do more to support a diverse pipeline of postgraduate researchers in pursuit of their goals.

Our values are Community, Empathy, Trust, Impact and Collaboration.

The programme is co-developed by a group of existing postgraduate researchers (PGR Advocates), who bring their lived experience and understanding of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the role.

The work we do focuses on 3 areas:

  • “Access” to help support entry into postgraduate study 
  • “Belonging” to improve the postgraduate student experience 
  • “Empowerment” to build skills and connections 

Fostering equality, diversity and inclusion” is one of the Cross-cutting themes within The University of Bristol's 2030 strategy

The PGR advocate programme builds on an existing highly successful undergraduate programme.

I am passionate about ensuring that Bristol's research space is as diverse and representative as possible. It is really important that we are not only encouraging diverse applicants to pursue a research degree at Bristol but that we are also creating an inclusive environment where everyone can feel a sense of belonging.

PGR Advocate Houda Al-Kateb (History PhD)

The most important thing about the programme for me is that everything is co-created. We're committed to the process of shaping an inclusive university environment and learning along the way.

Dr Myles-Jay Linton, Vice Chancellors Fellow
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