The Change Studentship Fund will give BAME students the chance to secure generous funding to support their studies at the university.
The fund has been created to promote diversity in heritage and arts curation, a sector which is engaged in a campaign to ‘decolonise’ institutions, collections and staff. Currently, less than 5% of the UK’s museum and heritage curators are Black, Asian and minority ethnic.
The Change Studentship Fund will help to diversify entry-level roles and challenge the leadership of heritage organisations so they can become more representative of today’s society.
The university is aiming to provide studentships worth up to £25,000 each. This amount will cover the course fees and provide a modest monthly sum to each student, allowing recipients to pursue their studies without additional financial pressures.
Over time, the aim is to build a fund that can provide at least one studentship every year. Donors to the fund will have the opportunity to meet the recipient and share in their success at the annual awards celebration hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris. Supporters will also be invited to other university events, exhibitions and lectures.