Widening Participation in Postgraduate Education for British Muslim Students

January 12th, 2023

A new partnership will see the University of Nottingham offer postgraduate scholarships for exceptional students from British Muslim backgrounds.

By working with the Aziz Foundation, the university will contribute directly to the widening participation of British Muslim students at postgraduate level in UK Higher Education, demonstrating a continued commitment to widening participation.

The partnership focusses on Nottingham’s core values in advancing equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels. It also builds on multiple initiatives to increase access to postgraduate taught study for graduates and students from underrepresented backgrounds.

As a university, we have also set ourselves the goal of eradicating the degree-awarding gap by 2030. Furthermore, initiatives such as the Black Industry Connections and Empowerment Programme (BICEP) support minoritised students to acquire social capital.

Katherine Linehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and People, said: “As a university, we recognise the importance of intersectionality, and our role in fostering a campus-wide culture of inclusion, to actively role model and advance race equality and equality of opportunity.

“We know that British Muslim students are underrepresented at this level and our work with the Aziz Foundation is crucial in beginning to address this.”

The scholarships are for students starting a Masters degree (excluding MRes, MPhil and MBAs) in September 2023 with career aspirations in; media and journalism, technology, sustainability/environment, law, policy and creative content creation. Find out more and apply here.

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January 19th, 2023 at 9:20 am

Rohan Shah

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July 28th, 2023 at 11:18 am


I’ve grown up in Nottingham and enjoy reading about how The University of Nottingham is developing year year. I’ve also been lucky enough to visit Lenton House a number of times which is a stunning building. Keep up the good work UoN!

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