The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Programme

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic programme is an initiative set up by The University of Manchester Widening Participation team in partnership with The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (AIURRC).

The main aim of the programme is to reduce barriers into higher education experienced by children and young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The programme consists of projects that work directly with minority groups that are underrepresented or are experiencing barriers in accessing higher education.

The project also involves working with schools, colleges and community groups to celebrate and create awareness during Black History Month, Holocaust Memorial Day and Refugee Week.

Each project has a particular focus and involves a mixture of early intervention work and work around improving direct access.

The Cowrie Foundation Scholarships for Black British students (Year 13)

The University of Manchester has partnered with The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to offer scholarships to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds.

Visit our Cowrie Scholarship Foundation page for information on how to apply. 

Article 26 Programme (Year 11–13)

This project works to provide advice and guidance for students seeking asylum, which enables them to not only access but succeed in higher education. It involves working with students to access The University of Manchester Article 26 scholarship and then supporting these students throughout their studies. 

To find out more about Article 26 scholarship, please visit our student finance pages.

Black Lawyers Matter Outreach Programme (Year 9–11)

This programme involves working with young males 14-16 years to address the underrepresentation of black men within the legal profession. The project involves a series of workshops led by University of Manchester Law students, societies and BME Law professionals. The pupils also take part in an ExpLaw day held on campus, which involves a series of workshops and a discussion panel ran by legal professionals.

Diversity Champions (Year 9)

The Diversity Champions project is a hate crime prevention programme set up to help support schools and communities reduce hate crime in their areas. The project works in partnership with both the history and criminology department, and a number of community organisations and charities across the country.

The project was awarded the Spirit of Manchester Award 2019. Please visit our social responsibility pages to learn more.

With insight into Mentoring (Year 12)

This project involves linking black University of Manchester students to black college pupils who have been identified as having potential to achieve AAB at A-level or equivalent. The programme enables the students to support the pupils through an online mentoring platform, supporting with university choices, personal statements and other activities which improve personal development.