Black Access supports the success of Black students currently studying at sixth form or college. The initiative gives you the chance to discover more about living and learning at university, and in particular, how to thrive at the University of York.

We recognise that Black students are currently underrepresented at the University of York and we are making it our top priority to change this. Providing opportunity for all and enabling every student to shine is a focus of York’s vision. Increasing diversity, inclusion and belonging sits at the heart of the Black Access programme. We are working with current students of a Black background and university staff to widen access and create a supportive and encouraging environment in which every student excels.

Our current students have designed the Black Access programme to showcase their experiences as Black students in an honest and informative way. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and hear about their time at the University of York.

You can start to meet some of the students involved in planning and running the programme right here, all of the pictures on these pages feature our team of students.

Are you currently in Year 11? Sign up to be notified when applications open in 2023.

How can I get involved?

Contact us

If you have questions about Black Access, feel free to get in touch.

Group visits

Arrange a visit to your school, college or community group to hear from current Black students about their experiences at the University of York. 

Our students talk about student life and studying, moving away from home, belonging to an ethnic minority in York, and much more.

Book a visit

Black Access programme

Join current students on an exciting interactive programme to learn more about life at York. 

This is a supported progression programme that allows further education students (for example, Year 12 or Level 3, Year 1) to discover more about university life and provides access to guaranteed interviews and alternative offers.

Discover more about the Black Access programme

Our students

Learn more about the Black community at York. Hear from the students who design and deliver Black Access, and discover how our African-Caribbean Society can support you.

Meet our students

Contact us

If you have questions about Black Access, feel free to get in touch.