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 

This programme is part of a suite of strategies deployed by the university to promote diversity and inclusivity. The decision to limit participation within this specific programme to home students is driven by our commitment to addressing the unique challenges and barriers faced by this particular demographic within our institution. 

While we recognise the importance of multiple forms of inclusivity and diversity within our student body, the focussed nature of this program allows us to maximise the impact of our initiatives in addressing the under-representation of home Black, Asian and Minority PGRs. We remain committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all students, regardless of background, feel supported and empowered to succeed.

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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