The University of Bath has launched a programme to increase the number of black students at the University


OPPORTUNITY ALERT! The deadline is Sunday, 14 February 2021.

The University of Bath is launching a new programme aimed at helping black students gain places at the University. Target Bath, which launched in partnership with the recruitment company Rare, is targeted at students currently in year 12 and aims to take on 50 applicants.

It is free and will provide the selected students support through Year 12 and 13 while providing insight into ‘life at Bath as a black student’. Additionally, students will be provided with support for choosing their subjects, preparing for the UCAS process and will be offered a place on the universities Summer residential ‘Discover Bath’ which aims to give prospective students a taster of first-year life at the Institution.

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, described the launch programme as an ‘important initiative’. He said:

I am delighted that we are launching the Target Bath scheme in partnership with Rare. This important initiative will increase representation of Black British students and widen participation at one of the UK’s top universities, but also offer gifted students from an under-represented group support to achieve their potential.”

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath

The programme will link Target Bath students with black students currently studying at the University. The University believes that these students acting in a ‘role-model’ capacity should help provide additional assistance for learning more about the University.

The experience of academic sessions with tutors will also be included, offering the cohort crucial insight into what the teaching experience at University will be like. Moreover, the programme aims to help students benefit from Bath’s experience in offering internships and placements which the University sees as important to the undergraduate experience.

Due to Covid-19, the programme will launch online, but students will be provided with webinars and online group mentoring sessions. However, if Covid-19 restrictions are loosened in the summer, Target Bath students will take part in a visit to the University of Bath to meet with their mentors in person and explore the campus and city - all travel expenses will be paid.

Naomi Kellman, Rare’s Senior Manager for Schools and Universities, spoke of her excitement for the programme, saying: “Rare has been working since 2012 to improve the representation of Black British students at the UK’s top universities. It is brilliant to be able to expand this work further and to have the opportunity to showcase all that Bath has to offer to the students we work with."

I hope to see an increase in the number of Black British students studying at the University of Bath over the coming years."

Naomi Kellman, Rare’s Senior Manager for Schools and Universities

To be eligible, students will have to be from a Black African, Black Caribbean or Black ‘Other heritage’, which includes mixed-race students of Black heritage. They will also have to have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9, 8, 7 or 6.

Bath states that priority will be given to students who meet the universities ‘widening participation criteria’.

Students, teachers and parents can find out more about Target Bath online here.

Applications are open so APPLY NOW; the deadline for the 2021 cohort is Sunday, 14 February 2021 and applicants will be interviewed over the phone in February and March 2021.

Mayowa Ayodele


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