University of Bath launches initiative to support Black British students’ progression to Higher Education

By Keira Burton

Last Wednesday, the University of Bath announced it would be funding a new scheme called Target Bath, which will support students of Black African and Caribbean heritage to gain places at the University of Bath, giving them free and personalised support to successfully apply to the University. 

The University will be working in partnership with Rare, a specialist organisation that works in diverse recruitment. The Target Bath programme isn’t the first of its kind; Rare has been running the highly successful Target Oxbridge scheme since 2012. 

Target Bath is free of charge and will provide support to 50 students through both Year 12 and 13, helping them choose a degree course, to prepare their UCAS application and to write their personal statement. The programme will launch online, providing Target Bath students with webinars and online group mentoring sessions, as well as an online community, where they can get to know one another and share questions about the University. 

Bath will also provide Target Bath students with current Black British student mentors from the University and will offer them a place on Discover Bath, the free summer residential programme run here. If Discover Bath can take place in-person this summer then Target Bath students will be able to visit the University to meet their mentors in-person and to explore the campus and the city. 

The University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Ian White, responded enthusiastically to the introduction of Target Bath, stating that “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’’. 

In order to apply for the programme, students must be in Year 12 and of Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other heritage, including mixed-race students. Students must have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9, 8, 7 or 6 and must be academically able to study at Bath in their chosen subject. Applications close on 14th February and more information about the scheme and how to apply can be found at https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/target-bath/ 

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