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Black Advisory Hub

 

The Black Advisory Hub has been established to help build a diverse and inclusive community for all students and staff members at the University of Cambridge as part of the institutional action to improve Black students' outcomes at Cambridge.

The idea for the Black Advisory Hub emerged from one of several student-led projects in the first cycle of the APP Participatory Action Research Project (APP PAR Project). A team of student co-researchers presented the idea in an APP PAR Project forum in late February 2020 to a range of senior staff, including Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Graham Virgo. One of the students wrote up the group’s proposal in a CCTL newsletter article.

Following this proposal, and in discussion with the Vice-Chancellor, the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education,  the African-Caribbean Society and the BME Campaign, it was agreed that a review would be undertaken in consultation with relevant stakeholders about the scope, remit and costs of a Black Advisory Hub.  This consulatation was undertaken in the last half of 2020 by Dr Sharon Walker, then a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning. 

The scoping report identified three stages of the development of the Advisory Hub:

Phase 1 ( 'Bronze')

December 2020 - April 2021

This phase involves the launch of a student-facing online version of the Black Advisory Hub, co-created by a team of current Cambridge students and project associates.  

Phase 2 ( 'Silver')

May 2021 - August 2025

This phase follows the launch of the online Black Advisory Hub, and involves ongoing work to maintain and extend the online resources, to induct new first-year students at the start of the academic year, and to engage with staff development opportunities. This work will be supported by the establishment of an advisory group made up of student and staff stakeholders.

Phase 3 ('Gold')

2023 - 2025

This phase is envisaged to extend activities developed in the Bronze and Silver stages to contribute to the development of sustainable and meaningful whole-University institutional initiatives to address race and inclusivity across the collegiate University.

 

Acknowledgements: the first year of development of the Black Advisory Hub has been funded by the Alexander Crummell Fund and the Vice Chancellor.