Students of Colour Ambassadors
What is the Students of Colour Ambassadors Scheme?
At uea(su) we’re working with the university to tackle the degree awarding gap and other issues which affect students of colour. In the UK in 2019-20, there was a 9.9% 'gap’ between the likelihood of white students and students of colour getting a 1st or a 2:1 degree classification. Some factors that contribute to the degree awarding gap include:
- Institutional culture
- A lack of ethnic diversity among role models and staff
- A lack of inclusive content, design and delivery
- Not feeling a sense of belonging
We believe this is wrong and we're making it a priority to work with UEA to address it. It is vital that students of colour voices are not only heard but listened to. Our paid Students of Colour Ambassador scheme recruit students of colour to ensure the lived experiences are at the centre of efforts to close the degree awarding gap.
Which schools are part of the Students of Colour Ambassadors scheme?
The scheme is part of nine schools across the UEA.
If you are a student registered to study in LDC, AMA, CMP, LAW, DEV, PHA, BIO, MED or HSC (Paramedic Science), then you can apply to become a Students of Colour Ambassador. We're hoping to secure further funding in the future to include more schools in the scheme.
What does a Students of Colour Ambassador do?
Working hours: Up to six hours per week during term time.
Students of Colour Ambassadors will work on projects which are decided by the academic school, however there is the opportunity to shape the projects that are being worked on. This role is focused on students of colour, so it is important that the Students of Colour Ambassadors work with students and staff. The Student of Colour Ambassador role is varied and will help you gain a range of transferable skills for future employment, some of the duties carried out are:
- Undertaking research
- Attending meetings
- Public speaking
- Creating and organising events
- Creating publicity (including the use of social media)
- And other tasks.
This role is supported by the Student Voice and Communities Coordinator (Students of Colour) on the Union side, who will provide training and general support. The School Lead on the University side will work with the Ambassador on projects and offer support.
Previous Students of Colour Ambassadors Achievements
Although the projects Students of Colour Ambassadors work on are decided by the academic school, it is up to the Students of Colour Ambassadors to get creative with research and events. Here are some of the previous Students of Colour Ambassadors Achievements:
Every project, every proposal to Union Council, every victory - here's where you'll find them. Your Students of Colour Ambassadors are committed to making your voices heard and championing the causes that mean the most to you.
For regular updates, keep an eye on the Students of Colour Ambassador Blogs.
Social Media and Contacts
We can also be found on social media - give us a follow and keep updated with all the latest news!
Got any questions? Private message us, email us or pop into the uea(su) offices and we'll be happy to help.