10,000 Black Interns Campaign aims to transform prospects for young Black people

27 October 2020

The Russell Group is proud to support the 10,000 Black Interns programme, which was launched today and aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom. 

The initiative follows the successful #100BlackInterns programme launched earlier this year in the investment management sector, and aims to offer paid work experience across a wide range of sectors, providing training and development opportunities and creating a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community. 

The Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK’s leading universities, is one of several organisations from the higher education sector to lend its support to the programme. 

Russell Group universities are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and have taken a range of steps in recent years to increase diversity among staff, tackle attainment gaps and remove barriers to university access in BAME groups. These range from advocacy and mentoring schemes to staff training and the creation of taskforces focused on these specific issues. 

 Dr Tim Bradshaw, CEO of the Russell Group, said:

“I look forward to working with the 10,000 Black Interns programme to find new ways of increasing opportunities for young black students. Earlier this year we set out bold plans to tackle educational inequality in our Pathways for Potential report and this work remains a priority for our members, who will continue to do everything they can to promote equality and diversity at all levels in collaboration with students and staff.”

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