Winner

ELEVATE, Kingston University

About the Award

This award recognises the incredible efforts universities go to in creating a widening participation initiative to support and develop students’ employability opportunities.

Why they won

  • In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, created an accelerator programme for black British students from African & Caribbean descent.
  • The programme empowers and upskills black students, providing holistic employability support through student careers coordinators, developing students both personally and professionally.
  • Sourcing events, providing resources and engaging employers, the initiative inspires students to consider careers they were previously unaware of, enabling them to broaden their horizons.
  • Over 300 students have directly benefited from the initiative, with 20 students currently either being mentored or have internships lined up. A quote from a participant brings to life the incredible impact of the initiative: “I don’t come from a family or network of wealth… I don’t even have the resources to apply for funding, so this was a really big opportunity for me to be able to create my dreams because as a 21 year old Black woman, these opportunities don’t come around at all"

Finalists

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