My Experience with the Advocacy Scheme by Uzunma Okezie-Udokwu

My journey with the YCEDE Advocacy Scheme started with meeting George Gisborne from the University of Leeds. He connected me with an advocate from the University of Sheffield. Embarking on this journey with the Advocacy Scheme has been a transformative experience, enriching me both personally and professionally. I would like to share the experiences and insights that I gained through …

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 …

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Circle Mentoring Success

We held our pilot circle mentoring session on Tuesday 12th March. Our first session focused on local government and had two excellent mentors join our group of 8 PGRs. The session provided vibrant discussions and meaningful insights, setting the stage for expanding and enhancing the program’s impact in the future. We will be looking for future mentors, so if you have …

Bespoke Mentoring

We are in a final stage of developing a bespoke training package for our mentoring programme that focuses on developing a cultural humility of mentors in order to support all PGRs, especially those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. The training will be delivered as part of the wider mentoring programme offered by YCEDE to future mentors and mentees. …

Black History Month – Why Black Women need recognition all year round (Saluting Our Sisters)

In this Black History Month blog, Ayo Barley writes about the importance of recognising Black women. In a world where recognition of the contributions of Black women often falls short, it’s time to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Black women during Black History Month (BHM). This year, we delve into the multifaceted theme that highlights the remarkable achievements and enduring …

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The Perfect PhD Candidate

In this blog, Dr Bukola Oyinloye shares findings from a study of academic and professional staff’s perspectives of doctoral success and draws some implications for the project. To gain insight into the qualities desired of PhD candidates, in Workstream two, we interviewed academics from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences and professional staff significantly involved in the review and selection …

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Meet the Team: Kate Arnold

by Nausheen Hoosein Hello everyone, my name is Professor Kate Arnold. I am currently Dean of York Graduate Research School (YGRS) and Professor of Ecology in the Department of Environment and Geography. Previously, I have served as the Head of EU exit strategy team (Resources and Waste Directorate, Defra); Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor (University of York); and completed Post-docs …

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My scholarship experience

My research is looking at how movement of a parasite called Leishmania mexicana is affected in environments of different viscosities. The parasite causes a disease called Leishmaniasis. It is a neglected tropical parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of the sandfly insect. We know that movement is important for this parasite to develop and become infective. Understanding how motility is …