Barriers to Black PhD Students – A reflection on progress and the work that still needs to be done, by Ayo Barley (Chair, YCEDE External Advisory Board)

On the 14th  of June 2024, Ayo Barley, MD Bakare Barley Ltd and Chair of the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Postgraduate Education (YCEDE) External Advisory Board will be chairing a panel session at the YCEDE Workshop 2024: The Journey to Sustainable Organisational Change for Equity in Postgraduate Research. It will be an in person interactive event during which YCEDE …

Leading Routes Founder & Managing Director Joins YCEDE External Advisory Board

YCEDE is delighted to announce that Paulette Williams, Founder and Managing Director of Leading Routes, will join our External Advisory Board (EAB) with immediate effect. Paulette has over two decades of experience in fair access and equity in education, and education strategy. In 2017, she founded Leading Routes, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting Black scholars into higher education, highlighting Black-led …

From Masters to PhD: My Journey with the Aziz Foundation, by Awais Hussain (YCEDE Scholarship Holder)

During my final year of undergraduate studies, I developed a strong interest in pursuing a career in academia. I envisioned myself teaching and conducting research, a path that not only aligned with my intellectual curiosity but also allowed me to give back to our community, a cause I deeply care about. However, funding opportunities for postgraduate studies, particularly for Masters …

Keys to Success in Arts & Humanities Applications, by Amirah Muhammad – Scholar’s Board Member and YGRS Scholarship Holder

Hello, I’m Amirah! I’m halfway through my first year of a part-time PhD in English and Related Literature at the University of York. My working research title is ‘Contemporary Black British Speculative Fiction, the Afterlives of Empire and Black Futures’ – which means I spend a lot of time thinking about aliens, time travel and how everything’s really a simulation. …

Reflections on two fantastic events in Sheffield, by Zenab Sabahat – Scholar’s Board Member

Thursday 25th April 2024 saw YCEDE hosting a wonderful event at The University of Sheffield about navigating a career in higher education as an ethnic minority. It was an incredible turnout, the likes of which included YCEDE Staff, Scholarship Holders and ethnically-minoritized PGR’s from all partner institutions ((The University of York, The University of Bradford, Sheffield Hallam University, The University …

Research Internships at The University of York

Careers and Placements at The University of York are delighted to be offering 10 research internships to individuals who qualify for UK Home Fee status and self-identify as belonging to an ethnically-minoritised group. York Research Internships are designed to offer individuals from underrepresented groups the opportunity to explore their interest in undertaking a research degree without the need to apply …

Staff and Scholarship Holders Gather for Exclusive Networking Event in Sheffield

On Thursday 25th April, YCEDE Scholarship Holders were invited to an exclusive networking and information event at The University of Sheffield, along with YCEDE staff. As part of our Workstream Three objectives, the event aimed to improve the on-course experience of our PGRs by enabling our scholarship holders to feel better connected to each other across the consortium. All five …

YCEDE Hosts “Navigating a Career in Higher Education as an Ethnic Minority” Event at The University of Sheffield

YCEDE Staff and Scholarship Holders were joined by other ethnically-minoritised PGRs from all partner institutions on Thursday 25th April to hear from a specialist panel on Navigating a Career in Higher Education as an Ethnic Minority. Panel members included Dr Janine Bradbury (University of York), Dr Kingsley Utam (Univeristy of Bradford), Dr Sally Osei-Appiah (University of Leeds), Dr Francis Awolowo …

YCEDE Begins ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme

After many months of hard work from our Workstream 3 colleagues at the universities of Bradford and Sheffield, we are delighted that our first training session for prospective and current YCEDE mentors took place yesterday in Leeds. A core pillar of WS3’s commitment to improve the on-course experience for ethnically minoritised PGRs, the ‘Train the Trainer’ programme is an in-house …

YCEDE Holds First In-Person External Advisory Board Meeting

On Thursday 29th February, YCEDE’s External Advisory Board (EAB) met in-person for the first time since the board were formed at the start of 2023. Held at The University of York’s Heslington Hall, the meeting was well-received by all who attended, and consisted of fascinating and stimulating discussions around the upcoming activities of member organisations, ensuring YCEDE’s legacy and sustainability …