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BAME Student Council launches essay competition encouraging students to reflect on racial diversity in their field of study

The LSU BAME Student Council has launched a competition for students of colour, with the chance to win a cash prize as well as a series of coaching sessions.

Those who are interested in taking part are tasked with providing an industry-thought leadership essay or video piece that explores racial diversity in their field of study.  

The submission should be titled ‘Increasing Racial Diversity in the Field of ____’ and address the following questions: 

  1. How has being a student of colour impacted your experience of academia? 

  1. How have people of colour already made a difference in the field or industry you are studying? 

  1. How would greater racial diversity in your chosen field make a positive difference to society? 

Students can choose to answer in two formats: a written essay in the first person (word count = 1,500 words, provided as an MS Word or PDF format), or alternatively, a video presentation using one slide to answer each question with a recorded voiceover of no longer than three minutes. Please note this format should be in MP4 file format, with the slides attached as a PowerPoint presentation or a PDF.  

Essays will be assessed based on the following four criteria: 

  1. Clarity of communication  

  1. Understanding the impact of BAME individuals within a chosen industry 

  1. Articulating the impact of their race/ethnicity on educational experience 

  1. Understanding the contributions of BAME individuals within chosen industry or area of study 

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, 30 May 2022. The winners will be announced at the end of the month.  

Entries can be uploaded online here.  

There will be five prizes of £500 awarded to the students with the winning essays or presentations, accompanied by a short programme of 1-1 career coaching sessions with leadership coach and author Michelle Moore

Enquiries can be directed to Musa Yusuff, Student Success and Race Equity Project Officer, and Advisory Team member of the BAME Student Council, at