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THE BLACK GIRL UNI GUIDE
In August 2017, we hosted our first event titled ‘The Black Girl Uni Guide’. This event was aimed at 16-18 year-old black female students aspiring to attend the top universities. We started the event with testimonials from 6 BGMP mentors who reflected on their journey from A level to University. Our personal statement workshop followed shortly after and we spent time reading and editing the students statements, going over the UCAS application and providing exemplary personal statements for the girls to read. After a short break we commenced our exam technique workshop. Here, we discussed the different ways in which we learn and provided some useful tips and tricks.
As a part of this workshop, we looked at the significance of Russell Group and research intensive universities. To finish the day off, we invited a guest motivational speaker Sia Tondoneh (@IAmMissSia on Twitter), who spoke on the importance of education and pushing yourself to reach new heights. Finally, the event ended with a ‘Results Day Prize Giveaway’ to those who had completed exams. Prior to the event we released a series of tweets via our Twitter page for attendees to enter a prize draw to win a hamper full of goodies, vouchers and a BGMP T-Shirt. We announced our winner at the event.
We created a mini-booklet called ‘The Black Girl Uni Guide’ which attendees could take home. It had all the information covered in the event and information about navigating your way from A level to University. In our survey, we found that 98% of the attendees found the event useful with the highest ratings coming from the testimonial segment and personal statement workshop.
IN THE CITY
In August 2018, we hosted our second event titled ‘In the City’ which was held in Barclays Bank HQ. As a result of the feedback we received from our previous event we began the day with testimonials from 6 BGMP mentors who reflected on their journey from A level to University and held our well-liked personal statement workshop afterwards. After a short break we proceeded with a Q&A panel session from girls pursuing different career paths after university including Law, Banking, Technology and Journalism.
In the research we undertook in 2017, we found that a lot of black girls refrained from applying to the top universities because they lacked confidence. In response to this, we thought it was necessary to conduct a personal branding session at this event. This was followed by a Q&A session with Barclays’ Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Mark McLane.
The day ended with a session from a Barclays employee who chose an alternative route to university and went on to become a part of the Barclays apprenticeship programme after her A levels.
On Monday 21st October, we co-hosted our third annual event 'Unlocking Success' along with BMEN (Black Male Empowerment Network). We aimed to equip our attendees (both male and female between 14 and 18) with the necessary tools to do succeed both academically and professionally. The event was powered by Osborne Clarke, a multi-national firm with a large international presence. Ray Berg, a Managing Partner at OC introduced our attendees to the firm and delivered a powerful presentation on his journey to Law, touching on his background coming from a working class family.
We hosted many sessions on the day from navigating A-Levels and making the most of university to personal branding and effective networking tips.
Our group wide panel was formed of 4 speakers: Angelica Olawepo, a Law finalist at LSE and academic Youtuber, Jessica O'Logbon, a medical student at Kings College London and also the winner of the NHS 'Make A Difference Award'. Our third panellist, Lanaire Aderemi is a Sociology undergraduate at the University of Warwick and the author of a poetry anthology book called 'Of Ivory and Ink' and finally Busayo Yusuff is an Associate in the Private Equity team at Osborne Clarke. Our attendees found this session most inspiring.
In January 2019, we recruited 20 ambassadors to promote BGMP across their university campus'. The ambassadors are representatives of BGMP as they attend and speak at events hosted by us and other organisations. In April, we hosted our first meet-up at Elan Café in Knightsbridge. A lot of the ambassadors had met for the first time and formed new friendships. We played a few ice breaker games, debated on a few issues and brunched for the rest of the afternoon.
You can apply to be an ambassador if you are a university student. Click here to find out whether you are eligible.