Beacon Programme update
In October 2021, Univ announced the launch of the Univ Beacon Programme, a major new initiative to drive participation and inclusion in education and research. It comprises ten new undergraduate bursaries, two new graduate studentships, and a postdoctoral research fellowship, all targeted at students and researchers who come from backgrounds and communities which are priorities for widening access at the University of Oxford. These priorities include British students with Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage, members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, care-experienced students, asylum-seekers, and refugees.
The Beacon Programme builds on the success of the Univ Opportunity Programme, launched in 2016 and now adopted university-wide as Opportunity Oxford, which promotes the success of talented students of all backgrounds who have experienced marked educational or socio-economic disadvantage. The Univ Beacon Programme forms part of the wide-ranging programme of work led by the College’s newly-established Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Two recent Beacon scholars, Ardeel Hussain (2022, PPE) and Naomi Ololuo (2022, Law), describe what the programme means to them.