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. …

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 …

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 …

Success for YCEDE Scholars at York’s Inclusive Impact Awards

The good news keeps coming for us this awards season! Following on from some fantastic successes at the YAYAs, we are incredibly proud of YCEDE Scholars Board Member Melissa Williams, who has won the University of York Inclusivity Network Award for her pioneering work in establishing the Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) at York. Since the ARWG’s inception in 2020, Mel has been …

Celebrating YCEDE Success at the 2023 YAYAs

On Friday 17th November, University of York staff from across Equity & Diversity, Access & Outreach, and YCEDE Teams attended the 2023 Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards in Bradford, where we were delighted to celebrate some of the outstanding achievements of YCEDE scholars and York students: Huge congratulations to YGRS PhD scholarship holder Mohammad Malik, who won the award for Achievement in …

New Fellowship Scheme for ECRs: Royal Society Career Development Fellowship

The Royal Society has launched a new Fellowships scheme for early career researchers (ECRs). The Career Development Fellowship is a 4-year postdoctoral research fellowship which aims to support the retention in STEM of researchers from underrepresented backgrounds. This first call, opening on 7 November and closing on 24 January, will be run as a pilot, with the potential to expand to a broader …

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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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Meet the Team: Paul Wakeling

My name is Professor Paul Wakeling. I am currently Head of the Department of Education at the University of York. In YCEDE, I lead work on the review of doctoral recruitment and selection criteria, and practices to improve racial equity. As a sociologist of education, with particular interests in higher education, I have been conducting this type of research for …

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The case for equity-minded doctoral recruitment and selection

In this blog, Professor Paul Wakeling and Dr Bukola Oyinloye (University of York) set out the challenges to racial equity in UK doctoral admissions. They argue that how and who we select for entry to PhD degrees is a critical part of achieving a more racially just and successful research sector and outline what the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in …