BAME Higher Education Community Champions

Supporting our young people into higher education

ISCRE and the University of Suffolk are running a new project to support our multi-cultural families and young people to discuss their higher education options and to spread the message that higher education is a real option for our young people.

To do this, they are looking for members of the community to support this project promoting the concept that “It takes a village to raise a child”.

You can volunteer to support individual families navigate options and applications while encouraging young people that it is their right to access higher education.

Below is the volunteer role description.

Role TitleBAME Higher Education Community Champions
Outline of RoleA significantly lower percentage of people from BAME communities consider or progress into HE than is the expected from both the local and national populations. Some BAME communities are hard to engage with and this includes both the students and parents.   The University of Suffolk and ISCRE have set up a programme of listening and engagement activities with a range of communities in Suffolk to inform both students and parents of the HE opportunities available and assist with accessing them. In addition, the project will help train community leaders and champions to enable then to support families in their communities.   Year group: Parents and students year 9 + Target group: Students from ‘Gaps’ wards (neaco target students we have been targeting since 2017) students from areas of low higher education participation (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or Quintile 2) low household income or low socioeconomic status black, Asian and minority ethnic students mature students people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities refugees Parents and carers
Skills, Attributes and Experience neededExperience or desire to volunteer with young people and families Interest in inclusive education Interest in mentoring Culturally sensitive Diplomatic Good communication skills Organised Reliable Ability to relate and communicate with a range of audiences
Benefits to the VolunteerOpportunity to support our BAME communities to access information on HE options Mentor families to realise potential to progress into HE In-depth training and support Expenses Support and influence the Equalities agenda
SupportYour contact and support will be Daisy Robinson (County Coordinator, Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) and Siobhan Kranjanasilp (Partnership and Integration Coordinator for ISCRE: Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality)
How to Apply/What happens next?  Complete an application form Informal interview to be held virtually DBS and reference check will be required for this role Induction Training – April/May virtually or face to face
Any QuestionsIf you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Siobhan Kranjanasilp on