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Widening Participation in Postgraduate Education for British Muslim Students

Posted on 21 July 2021

We are delighted to announce that the University is partnering with the Aziz Foundation to offer postgraduate scholarships for exceptional students from British Muslim backgrounds.

Central Hall on Campus West at the University of York.

Through 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. Our new partnership with the Aziz Foundation demonstrates our continued commitment to widening participation at all levels and closing the BME attainment gap.

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 collaborate on multiple initiatives to increase access to postgraduate taught study for BME graduates and students from underrepresented backgrounds. This includes delivering a range of support activities in partnership with HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) and leading a five-university consortium which aims to widen access to research degrees for BME students.

Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost said: “We are excited to be working with the Aziz Foundation to support British Muslim students to access and excel in postgraduate education at the University of York."

"We know from experience and our own research that British Muslim students are underrepresented at this level and our work with the Aziz Foundation is crucial in beginning to address this."

"It is a privilege to be home to the Aziz scholars and we very much look forward to welcoming them to campus and supporting them on their journeys.”

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