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This creative programme acknowledges and celebrates the history, culture and diverse lived experience of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women, encouraging them to reflect, explore, grow through connecting and building solidarity as women.

Quotes from project contributors

Just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.

— Toni Morrison as quoted in O, The Oprah Magazine

Elevate aims to:

  • Create relatively safe spaces for women to explore the development of their leadership and critically evaluate their professional position in Higher Education. 

  • Introduce women to different leadership styles which supports best practice and competences.

  • Encourage women to develop their own authentic leadership style and to increase their influence in institutions. 

  • Support women to reclaim strengths and talents as well as acknowledge their development needs and commence an action plan to meet their needs. 

  • Empower women by using culturally informed methodologies including recapturing oral histories, storytelling, live capturing and centralised voicing.

Feedback and immediate outcomes of the first Elevate programme in 2021 have been significant. In July 2021, 10 out of the 30 participants applied for new roles with 6 being successful. Three people reported working more strategically in their roles and working with senior leads whilst a further people have introduced new projects into their institution.

Evaluation feedback demonstrates impact on self-esteem, confidence to challenge existing beliefs and barriers and the development of networks. 

Quotes from project contributors

It has given me the confidence to go for jobs I previously wouldn’t have had the confidence and self-belief to go for

— Participant, Elevate 2021

Elevate has been heralded an unmitigated success and is this year’s joint winner of the Staff Development Forum’s Developing Excellent Practice Awards. Learn more

Commissioned by the University of Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bath, the University of Exeter, University of Cardiff, and the University of the West of England. 

Facilitated by The Ubele Initiative.

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