Queen Mary expands studentship programme for postgraduate students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

The Faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary will each offer two fully-funded PhD studentships to UK applicants who identify as BAME* for September 2021 entry.

The studentships build on the success of existing UK BAME studentship programmes for postgraduate degrees in the Humanities, which have been awarded to postgraduate students within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2019.

Together these initiatives will help contribute to Queen Mary’s commitment to become the most inclusive research-intensive university in the world by 2030.

Opening the doors of opportunity

The studentships will be awarded on the basis of excellence of the application and the competition is part of a wider set of measures being implemented across Queen Mary to increase the representation of UK BAME PhD students at the University.

Professor Wen Wang, Vice-Principal and Executive Dean for Science and Engineering at Queen Mary, said: “Within our postgraduate research student body we have identified an under-representation of BAME applicants, particularly in the fields of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Through this initiative we plan to ring fence studentships for BAME students, building on the work of existing programmes within the Faculty, such as our DeepMind Scholarships, that aim to support under-represented groups to pursue postgraduate education in Science and Engineering.”

Professor Matthew Hilton, Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, said: “The Faculty is committed to increasing the representation of, and opportunities for, UK BAME applicants who wish to pursue postgraduate degrees. It’s great that we’ve been able to extend our fully funded studentships to cover talented individuals looking to pursue PhD study at Queen Mary for September 2021 entry and to see this initiative being adopted more widely across the University.”

Sheila Gupta MBE, Vice-Principal for People, Culture and Inclusion at Queen Mary, said: “Who you are, or where you are from, should never be a barrier to realising your ambitions and fulfilling your potential. Whilst we know there is still much more to do in order to achieve our goal to become the become the most inclusive research-intensive university in the world by 2030, I’m excited by the progress we are making towards realising our ambitions and opening the doors of opportunity for UK postgraduate applicants who identify as BAME”

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