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Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Student Attainment Initiative

UCL Black and Minority Ethnic Student Attainment Initiative

Ever wanted to make a film? Win £900 funding for a place on a prestigious documentary filmmaking course.

Find out more on 25th February 2013, 1-2pm, Venue: Room G08 in the Chadwick Building . A sandwich lunch will be provided.

UCL's Race Equality Group will fund four students to take part in a two-week documentary film making course from Monday 8th April 2013 to Friday 19 April 2013. Those student will then each make a short film focusing on the experiences of British BME students at UCL. The films will be used to help UCL staff understand more about British BME students at UCL and how we can improve their educational experiences.

Please also watch the short film below to find out more. 

Why is UCL running this competition?

At UCL, as at nearly all UK universities, British students from black or minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are less likely than British white students to achieve a first or 2.1 degree. Research has found that this holds true even when a range of factors, including socio-economic background, is taken into account.

Of course many British BME students do very well at UCL - the information on student attainment is based on group trends rather than individuals. Nonetheless at a group level this is a real problem.

UCL wants to find out why this problem exists so that we can prevent it happening. What are challenges for British BME students at UCL? What would improve things?

Why should I apply?

Successful applicants will gain:

•  £900 funding to learn practical and creative filmmaking skills on a prestigious course delivered by leading industry figures

•  Post-course access to camera and filming equipment, editing suites, mentoring, advice and supervision, and technical facilities and assistance.

•  Enhanced CV

•  Knowledge that their films will help UCL understand this important issue and hopefully help provide better learning experiences for BME students .

What is the documentary filmmaking course?

Coordinated by UCL's Department of Anthropology, the course is run by leading industry professionals. It equips participants with the skills to develop, produce, shoot and edit a short documentary. The coure will run from Monday 8th April 2013 to Friday 19 April 2013 in central London and the full £900 cost for successful applicants will be paid for by UCL. More course information here:

Who is eligible to apply?

We are looking for UCL students from diverse backgrounds to apply. Two of the four places are designated specifically for British students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Two places are open to students from any background.

Applicants must be registered on an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UCL in April 2013 and must be available to attend the entire filmmaking course from the 8 th -19 th April. UCL will pay filmmaking course fees but is unable to meet the cost of any other living or travel expenses. Successful applicants must complete their short films by the end of May 2013.

How will successful applicants be selected?

**If you are interested in applying, you are strongly encouraged to come to the information session on 25 th February 1-2pm in room G08 of the Chadwick Building to find out more the aims of the initiative, details about the course, and to ask questions.**

Applicants will be asked to submit a form outlining their ideas for a short film about the experiences of British BME students at UCL, and write a personal statement explaining why they are applying.

Applications will be judged on the strength and merit of the ideas being proposed for the short film, and on their motivation as judged by their personal statement. The judges will also be looking to select students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and will be striving to have a gender balance amount the selected participants.

The application form is available to download here. The presentation from the information session can be found here.

Why is this initiative just focused on British BME students?

The challenge faced by British BME students, many of who have grown up in London or elsewhere in the UK and who have generally achieved well at school, are less well understood by universities than those faced by international students who come to study in Britain from abroad.

It is the experiences of British BME students that the university is hoping to understand more about.

UCL has many programmes and activities in place for international students. More information about these can be found here:

How can I find out more?

You are warmly invited to come the information session on 25 th February 1-2pm in room G08 of the Chadwick Building . A sandwich lunch provided.

If you are unable to attend, you can contact Fiona McClement ( or Dr Katherine Woolf ( to find out more.



Last updated: 12th October 2016