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University of Gloucestershire on Times award shortlist

The University of Gloucestershire has been shortlisted for its outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion at the Times Higher Education awards.

The university has been recognised for its reciprocal mentoring programme, which aims to improve the experiences of BAME students and increase the understanding of their daily challenges.

The programme, which partners BAME students with senior university figures, has been running since 2017.

Following a successful trial, the programme was established with support from the university's executive in October 2018 with students sharing their stories to develop greater understanding.

Equality and diversity manager Clare Peterson said: "We are really pleased to be nominated for this award.

"The University of Gloucestershire is committed to providing a quality student and staff experience, advancing equality and diversity and to building a strong sense of community within the university, as well as supporting positive links with local communities."

She continued: "The programme created an opportunity for both partners to change their existing ways of thinking, challenging both to think in new ways.

"Each gained greater insight that benefitted them as individuals and is influencing change across the university".

The Times Higher Education Awards are in their 16th year and will take place online.

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