Black and minority ethnic students
We 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
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
Exploring Choices - BME Women's Educational Conference
This 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
"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.
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.