University of Bath launches project to increase number of Black students

The new Target Bath scheme follows in the footsteps of the successful Target Oxbridge scheme

The University of Bath has launched a scheme to increase the number of Black British students at the provider.

Target Bath is aimed at helping students of Black African and Caribbean heritage gain places at the University of Bath.

The initiative will see 50 Black British students receive free and personalised one-to-one support through both Year 12 and 13. They will receive help with their applications, hear from Black British students already at the university, and take part in Discover Bath, the university’s free summer residential programme, either in-person if Covid-19 restrictions allow, or online.

It is a collaboration with diversity recruitment specialists Rare, who are also behind the Target Oxbridge programme. Students participating in the programme will be in part selected based on their interest in incorporating placements into their undergraduate experience.

To be eligible for the programme, students must be in Year 12 and of Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other heritage (including mixed race students). Students will have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9, 8, 7 or 6. Priority will be given to students who meet the University of Bath’s widening participation criteria, such as living in an area of low progression to Higher Education, or high levels of deprivation.

“I am delighted that we are launching the Target Bath scheme in partnership with Rare,” said Professor Ian White, vice-chancellor and president of the University of Bath.

“This important initiative will increase representation of Black British students and widen participation at one of the UK’s top universities, but also offer gifted students from an under-represented group support to achieve their potential.

“I am looking forward to seeing the first students take part in the scheme and eventually welcoming the first cohort to study here with us at Bath.”

Applications are open until Sunday 14 February 2021.

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