Abigail MeadowSeptember 25th

Queen Mary University of London are offering a new course in social change where 80% of its students are from BAME (black minority and ethnic) backgrounds.

Its course leaders are keen to change the current state of charity leaders, as most of the UK's largest charities are lead by all white teams, according to a study of 100 organisations.

The first university course on social change attracted six times more applicants per place than Oxford University.


More than 500 people applied for the 13 places - that's 38 per place - whereas six people applied for each place at Oxford University.

The course is a four year BSc and will see students paired with major charities in a study-apprenticeship programme.

Organisations which have signed up to take on the degree apprentices include WaterAid, Alzheimer’s Society, Action for Children, Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and the Scouts.

There are two days of study a week, during which students will be taught ethics, advocacy, accounting and law with modules on starting up organisations, mentoring others and using social media, and the rest will be spent with the host charity.


Speaking to The Guardian, Dr Phillipa Lloyd, vice principal of Queen Mary said: “You have generations growing up now, the Greta Thunbergs of this world who want to take action to make the world a better place.

“They want to make a social impact as well as an economic impact. That is what this is tapping into.”

The chief executive of Scouts, Matt Hyde, said: “There is an explicit aim to diversify the charity sector which is predominantly white.

“We need more people with lived experience leading social sector organisations. We have to channel the frustrations about the inequalities into practical solutions and this is one of those solutions.”


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