Do you feel passionately about matters of diversity, equality and inclusion? Want to make a difference for students underrepresented at Manchester Met?
Join a new team of Student Ambassadors and drive student-led change at Manchester Met!
In collaboration with The Union, in 2018 the University will be focusing on improving student experience and academic outcomes for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and students who have progressed from BTEC qualifications.
We are recruiting Student Ambassadors and volunteers to engage with fellow students, to create and deliver activities to improve sense of belonging, develop meaningful relationships between students and staff, and to enable students to safely challenge all forms of discrimination. The project will be piloted in the faculties of Business & Law and Science & Engineering, with a view to rolling this out across the University, with support and training provided. Find out more here.
This is part of a new HEFCE-funded project at Manchester Met in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Birmingham, which aims to ensure that all students are able to succeed to their full potential at university. The project is in response to stark national statistics, which show a significant attainment gap for BAME students when compared to white students. According to the Equality Challenge Unit study of 2015-2016 university results, the national average attainment gap between white and black students qualifying with a First or a 2:1 degree was 25.3%. Manchester Met has a greater proportion of BAME students than the sector averages, and the Ambassador project will contribute to achieving The Union’s vision of supporting every student achieving their personal goals and ambitions.
The Diversity & Inclusion Student Ambassador project contributes to ongoing work at Manchester Met in addressing differences in attainment for groups of students, but it is the first time that such activities have been entirely student-led. Hussain El-Amin, President of the Students’ Union, said:
“We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with the University on improving how diversity and inclusion is experienced by students and staff. Our Ambassadors will put the student voice at the heart of the project. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long-term process of collaboration which will ensure the University and Union can support and encourage each student to succeed, no matter their background or circumstances.”
The Union’s work and vision focuses on supporting every student to achieve their personal goals and ambitions. The Ambassador project will contribute to this by ensuring all students have access to the support, opportunities and networks they need in order to succeed.