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Black and minority ethnic students

Paramjeet Kaur-SinghWe work closely with the black minority ethnic communities and their influencers in order to raise aspirations and the confidence of young and mature learners to consider the prospects of applying to higher education.

York St John University is leading outreach activities with mature learners in community centre settings, and with young people in schools to increase the network of ambassadors for Higher Education.

The Outreach office is currently located in the Sangat Community Centre, Keighley where York St John University staff have facilitated a sustained partnership with the community in Keighley over three years. 

This years programme has included subject taster courses and seminars in presentation skills, Visual research,  and Creativity, Drama, and supporting children's education.

There is also a series of stakeholder conversations to continue to determine the needs of the community and to inform the production of a portfolio of good practices in Community engagement.


Exploring Choices - BME Women's Educational Conference

BME WomenThis was a major event to get the BME work of the ground in April 2008, approximately 80 women from the Pakistani and Bangladeshi community living and working in Bradford took part in an inspirational day aimed at getting them to connect with higher education. 

Feedback from delegates:

What I liked about the day?

"Makes you think about career path and ways to get there"

"Fantastic! Highly motivational and inspirational"

"The best about this event was interacting and socialising with different people.  Also being able to listen to the barriers eg cultural barriers that people have"

"brilliant mix of delegates, from different schools and community organisation; different ages, excellent atmosphere of community people wanting to rethink what learning opportunity might mean.


sangat centreChamkele Sitare - BME Asian Women's Group

Chamkele Sitare meaning Shining Stars in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu was set up with Asian women at Sangat Community Centre 2 years ago.  The group supports women from the BME community living and working in Keighley to address BME women's educational needs and assist in supporting their children's education.  Chamkele Sitare has developed close relationships with University staff.  Asian women's education choices has been a key aspect of YSJ's work; presenting role models from the University and raising aspirations through workshop activity facilitated by senior lecturers and students.   If you would like further information about this group please contact Paramjeet Kaur-Singh, BME Project Leader.