This project brings together 5 universities in the north-east of England to widen access and promote outcomes for prospective and current students and staff of colour in postgraduate research, to deliver a programme with 4 key strands: mental health; mentoring; development of services across network, and admissions.

Resources required:

  • Funding/partners to collaborate on bids and programme.

Available evidence of impact:

  • Innovative practices emerging from programmes.
  • Reduction in inequality within the PGR lifecycle for BAME PGR’s.
  • Increase in embedding EDI across the sector within PGR programmes for BAME students.

Links to available resources:

Implementation and potential challenges:

  • Look at successful bids where programmes fit with social sciences to consider future bids internal or external opportunities.
  • Access to funding streams – where to locate internal and externally to institutions.
  • Potential collaborations – institutions or local organisations that would offer value and shared communities of practice.
  • Culture change.

How to Use:

  • Build research training programme through anti-racist lens.
  • Increase admissions through name-blinding, unconscious bias prevention and extensive policy reviewing.
  • Create fully funded positions at PhD level.
  • Build in further opportunities such as summer school, reverse mentoring, placements, teaching qualifications and career advice.
  • Create coaching/mentoring workshops for PG researchers from racialised groups.