Advocating for Justice in South Africa

Gain insight into issues of social justice in South Africa through this virtual programme. Colloborate with local students and apply your social policy skills in a new context.

Programme at a glance

When? 6 evenings. Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th June and Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th July (up to 2.5 hours per evening).
Where? Online. All sessions will be live with students and contributors in South Africa. 
Who? Open to all undergraduates in the School for Policy Studies.
How much? FREE. This programme is funded by Santander Bank. 

Application deadline: midnight on Sunday 16th May 2021.

Contact us


Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40205

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Book an online appointment

What you'll be doing

Over the course of 6 evenings of live sessions, you will gain an insight into South African history and culture, and the dynamics of inequality experienced in the country today. You will be challenged to engage with an activist mindset and develop your advocacy skills. Throughout the programme you will connect with South African students and have the opportunity to exchange ideas. A wider variety of contributors, including academics, experts, and representatives from different communities, will help you better understand the landscape of inequality and its relationship to justice issues from various perspectives. On completion of the programme, you will be awarded with a certificate of attendance that you can add to your CV to showcase your international experience to future employers.

Why choose this programme? 

  • Apply your social policy skills to issues of justice in a new context. 
  • Collaborate with local students in South Africa.
  • Engage with academics, experts and representatives from different communities in South Africa.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills, greatly valued by employers.. 

Who is this programme for? 

There are 50 places on this programme.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a current undergraduate student studying in the School for Policy Studies

We are looking for students who are curious to learn about a different culture, willing to engage with students in another country, and keen to apply their social policy skills to issues of justice in a new context.

We will make an effort to give some priority to students who:

  • are not on a Study Abroad course
  • have not had much previous experience of international travel
  • are home students and meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • recipient the University of Bristol Bursary, Access to Bristol Bursary or Bristol Scholars Bursary
    • BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) student
    • from an area of low progression to higher education, with a home postcode in quintile '1' or '2' on the POLAR4 checking tool
    • mature student
    • care-leaver or estranged student (you will need to be registered as estranged with Student Finance)
    • student living with a disability (you will need to registered with Disability Services)

An effort will be made to give priority to students meeting more than one of the above criteria.  


Applications are open and you can access the online application form below. The application form is hosted on the Santander Scholarships platform - you will need to register for an account. 

Application deadline: midnight Sunday 16th May 2021

Apply for the Advocating for Justice in South Africa programme 

We will email you with the outcome of your application by Friday 21st May.  

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