Be More Empowered (BME) for Success PGR Programme

The University of Bristol recognises that the experience our students have during their studies has an impact on their success, both in their degree and in their future careers.

The BME for Success PGR programme plays a key role in influencing positive change for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic postgraduate research students (PGRs). This initiative was developed in recognition of the unique challenges they navigate whilst undertaking postgraduate research degrees.

A large part of the programme is co-created and delivered by a group of BME for Success PGR Advocates, who understand the challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic postgraduate students and are in a position to gather meaningful input and reflect postgraduate research voices.

The focus of the work carried out by our BME for Success PGR Advocates is on jointly developing an action plan around these working strands:

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

The PGR advocate programme builds on an existing highly successful undergraduate programme led by colleagues within the Student Inclusion team. 

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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