The University of Gloucestershire has been shortlisted for its ‘Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ at this year’s Times Higher Education awards.
The University has been recognized for its Reciprocal Mentoring Programme, which aims to improve the experiences of BAME students and increase the understanding of the daily challenges those students face.
The programme has been running since 2017 partnering BAME students at the University of Gloucestershire with senior leaders. Following the successful trial, the programme was established with support from the University’s Executive in October 2018. Students shared their personal stories and this has helped to develop greater understanding and appreciation amongst senior leaders who gained invaluable insights.
The Times Higher Education Awards are widely known as the Oscars of higher education and these are the 16th annual THE Awards which will take place online this year.
Clare Peterson, Equality and Diversity Manager at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We are really pleased to be nominated for this award, the University of Gloucestershire is committed to providing a quality student and staff experience, advancing equality and diversity and to building a strong sense of community within the university, as well as supporting positive links with local communities. The programme created an opportunity for both partners to change their existing ways of thinking, challenging both to think in new ways. Each gained greater insight that benefitted them as individuals and is influencing change across the University".