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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students


Careers support for black, Asian and minority ethnic students

Throughout the year Royal Holloway’s Careers service brings employers on to campus who embrace diversity. For example, in addition to our employer workshops, talks and careers fairs we run event programmes in Black History Month and a diversity fair in the spring term. You will often find graduates from diverse ethnic backgrounds telling their careers stories at our alumni panels. Take a look at the events on offer on the CareersPortal.

You may wish to speak to a careers consultant about your career, or book a practice interview to help build your skills and confidence. Whatever your dreams or challenges our friendly team is happy to talk it over with you.

The careers service Moodle page has a Diversity section with information on organisations, schemes and programmes designed with black, Asian and minority ethnic students in mind.

Royal Holloway’s CareersPortal offers a wide range of internship, placement and graduate scheme opportunities, including those which look to attract diverse candidates.

Finding organisations with a positive approach to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce

The majority of graduate employers actively promote diversity in their recruitment processes. The Equality Act 2010 makes illegal direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of race, which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins.

Some organisations are holders of accreditations that show they value equality and diversity such as the National Equality Standard Award. Holders of this government backed accreditation, must demonstrate to independent assessors that they satisfy equality, diversity and inclusion criteria in their hiring and employment practices. There are other accreditations such as the Race Equality Charter for higher education employers.

Some organisations, e.g. the Civil Service and Tesco have targeted internship schemes open to students who are from diverse backgrounds.

Organisations often have Equality and Diversity centred values, it can be informative to take a look at their web site and LinkedIn pages to get a sense of how much focus the organisation actually has on these values.

The list below outlines a number of organisations with a positive approach to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. The careers service Moodle page offers a more complete list.

Ethnic JobSite
This site provides a database of employers committed to fair and diverse recruitment as well as career tips.

Inclusive Graduates
“Inclusive Graduates, the not-for-profit arm of executive search firm Inclusive Boards, connects undergraduates and young professionals from underrepresented groups across the UK with outstanding employers. We identify these groups as: ethnic minorities, women, young people from low socio-economic groups and students from non-Russell Group universities.”

The Royal Society: Diversity in Science
“A project from the Royal Society interviewing scientists from a variety of educational and minority ethnic backgrounds. Scientists share how their backgrounds impacted their scientific careers.”

SEO London
“SEO London focuses on helping students from under represented and under-served communities to secure places on internship and graduate programmes in the UK.”

“UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. Their mission is to open pathways for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds by equipping them with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential.”

"We exist to accelerate equality and equity, for culturally and ethnically diverse people in the creative industries and beyond. We do this through non-traditional ideas, creativity and activism."

The Other Box
"Through our training, consultancy and brand partnerships, we are the bridge to facilitating an honest conversation to better understand the importance and value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace."

Sector-specific organisations

Society of Asian Lawyers
Representing and supporting Asian Lawyers in the UK.

Windsor Fellowship
“The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique charitable organisation. We design and deliver innovative personal development and leadership programmes, which enables talent from diverse communities to be realised. We achieve this by partnering with leading organisations from the private and public sectors as well as developing relationships with schools, universities and community groups throughout the UK. To date we have trained and supported over 15,000 young people to successfully navigate key milestones along their educational journey.”

Journalism Diversity Fund
Bursary-awarding body that funds training from the National Council for the Training of Journalists for people from diverse backgrounds, and pairs individuals with mentors.

Blueprint for all (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust)
“We work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice. We also influence others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.”

The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
“AFBE-UK provides support and promotes higher achievements in Education and Engineering particularly among students and professionals from ethnic minority backgrounds.”

The Taylor Bennett Foundation - PR/Communications
“The Taylor Bennett foundation is a charity that exists to encourage black, Asian and minority ethnic graduates to pursue a career in communications.”

Aspiring Solicitors
“Aspiring Solicitors was set up in autumn 2013 by Chris White whilst he was an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. The primary aim of Aspiring Solicitors is to increase diversity in the legal profession.”

All About Law
“There are many under-represented communities in the legal sector. We have put together courses for members of those communities to help you break into a career in law."

Bridging the Bar
“We are committed to increasing the equality of access to opportunities in the legal profession across all underrepresented groups. We help students who, owing to their disability, ethnic background, socio-economic background, education or sexuality, belong to groups which are statistically underrepresented in the profession."


Future Leaders
This organisation runs a programme of workshops for students and graduates with the focus on diversity.

Civil Service Fast Stream: Summer Diversity Internship Programme
“The multi-award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. It puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. As a successful applicant, you’ll get an insight into the broad range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.”

Uncovering Prospects in the City
An annual event for high potential students of black heritage, held in Central London in October.

Positive Action Schemes at The Guardian
Summer work experience schemes for individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds and individuals with a disability considering a career in journalism.




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