Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship Programme
School of Education
Initial Teacher Education

The Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship Programme seeks to address the lack of representation of the Black heritage community in higher education across the UK.
It will annually fund Black and mixed-Black heritage students across five areas of the University of Bristol, one of which is the School of Education’s PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) Initial Teacher Education programme.

Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship Programme 2021/22

The School of Education will be allocated four Initial Teacher Education (PGCE) scholarships annually, across the next 4 years of the programme, with a total of 16 Scholarships to be funded overall. The first Scholarships will be awarded in January 2021.  

University of Bristol's commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive community

Professor Judith Squires, Provost, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor said: “I am thrilled to be launching this new Black Bristol Scholarships Programme.  We are determined to create a diverse and inclusive university community and recognise that positive support is needed to address the historical under-representation of Black and Black-heritage students in particular.

“Thanks to the support of our alumni and friends, I am confident that together with our other initiatives to support our Black students and to decolonise the curriculum, this will help to make our University a truly inclusive environment for everyone.”

Inequality of representation in Bristol Schools

By creating the new Black Bristol PGCE Scholarships, the University of Bristol hopes to increase participation in teaching from the Black and mixed-Black heritage community.  

Aisha Thomas, Founder of Representation Matters, giving a talk 'Decolonising the curriculum'

Bristol Educator, 'Why Representation Matters' TedX Bristol Speaker, Educator (AP for Inclusion), and Founder of Representation Matters Aisha Thomas, highlights the current inequality in Bristol schools, and the lack of representation of teachers from the Black and mixed-Black heritage community, in an interview on BBC Points West in Sept 2018. She also spoke about this issue on the BBC Inside Out West Black Teachers Documentary also in 2018.

"The offer of four scholarships, per year, over the next four years, is a step in the right direction. One of the main barriers for Black students' is access to resource and funding. This is a great initiative, which will alleviate some of the burden that a Black student may face. Social economic circumstances should not be a barrier to your future, yet we know for many students, this is their harsh reality. It is hard enough knowing that you are not represented in a profession that you are so keen to join, finance is not another barrier that they need to grapple with. 

 If we truly want to see the face of education change, if we want to see racial superiority stripped of its crown, then we need to remove the barriers to entry.

 This initiative, along with the others suggested by The University of Bristol, is a fantastic example of inclusivity for all."

I am delighted to support the new Black Bristol Scholarships Programme as a measure that will help to ensure our profession attracts talented people from Black and Black-heritage backgrounds. Increased representation benefits students and families from all backgrounds.

Del Planter (PGCE 1998, SoE, UoB), Headteacher, Greater Bristol region

Find out more about the Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship
and apply online

Visit the University of Bristol's Black Bristol Scholarship Programme to find out more and how to apply

Applying for Initial Teacher Education


Please visit the School of Education Initial Teacher Education web page to find out more about the course programmes.

Applications for the School of Education Initial Teacher Education are made via UCAS online.

Admissions are now open, right through until September 2021.

Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship Programme:
How to apply

To find out more, please visit the Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship Programme page
There you will find more information, such as eligibility, and the application form.

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