Black Voices Project 2023

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What is the Black Voices Project?  

The Black Voices Project (BVP) was launched in 2021 aiming to bring more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students to Heriot-Watt and ensure that our students, regardless of ethnicity, have a positive experience.

The BVP is in 2 parts:  

  • Recruiting BME Advocates from the student community 

  • Allocating Scholarships to students from the BME community 

The Student Union oversees the BME Advocate programme, and this Black History Month we’re launching the search for the next BME Advocates…… 


What is a BME Advocate? 

BME Advocates provide visible championing of BME students. They advocate for issues relating to the BME student community and are ambassadors and hosts of BME events and activities. They are also members of the University’s Anti-Racism Reference Group.  

BME Advocates are in their role for one full academic year, approximately 6-8 hours per week. They are from a BME background and are studying at the Edinburgh or Scottish Borders campuses.  

What do you get from being a BME Advocate? 

  • £700 stipend

  • Networking opportunities with other student representatives, and those working on equalities issues.  

  • Mentoring support from Student Union Full-time Officers and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) staff. 

  • Skills development and experience for your CV, including communication and event coordination. We don’t expect you to know everything straight away! You’ll be gaining skills as you go.  

  • Be part of positive change for our BME students and wider community. 

What support will you get? 

You won’t be doing this alone! Along with your fellow BME Advocates, you will be part of a network of student representatives and EDI activities. 

Interested? We’re keen to hear from you! 

Tell us in 500 words or less how you would run a BME networking event with a budget of £300:? 

  • What the event would look like? 

  • Where you would hold the event? 

  • How you would get people along? 

Submit your proposal via this Form by Friday 27 October 

Any questions, contact

We will meet with shortlisted applicants w/c 30 October, and announcements will be made in November. 



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