Race Equity Advocate - Pharmacy

We are looking to appoint 1 Pharmacy student to become a Course Level Race Equity Advocate. This opportunity is a jobshare with an existing REA in which you will work 3 hours per week. You will join our existing team of Race Equity Advocates (REA’s) who work at the school level. You will be supported by the programme coordinator who will monitor and assess the programme. The Department of Pharmacy is the first course across the university to fund their own REA role. To apply for this role you need to be currently studying Pharmacy within the School of Life Science.

The Awarding gap is a disparity in undergraduate degree outcomes between white and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students/students of colour). The Students’ Union and University are committed to closing the gap. Last academic year, the Students’ Union established the ‘BAME Ambassador Programme’. We worked with the 6 schools that have the largest awarding gaps at the university. This project has been created to support the University to further understand the experiences of students from different ethnic backgrounds. This helps staff to improve diversity and inclusive practices. The programme was renamed as Race Equity Advocates this year.

What would you do

Would you like to work in a team that is bringing an independent voice of black students and students of colour to the university’s leadership team? Are you passionate about improving support services for BAME education and student experience? Race Equity Advocates engage with BAME students from their school. The role is to hold conversations about their experiences within the University of Sussex. You will gain knowledge and share it with university managers, schools and support service to start initiatives that will address the Sussex awarding gap. We are building a movement to address the institutional culture that leads to the Awarding Gap.

Who are we looking for

We are looking for students who identify as Black, Asian and/or Minority Ethnic (BAME). Your role will be to support, inspire and empower BAME students to create change to close the Sussex Awarding gap. You will be a student that's passionate about understanding the lived experiences of black students and students’ of colour. You will apply nuance and awareness of the issues faced by the varying sub-identity groups. You’ll likely enjoy this role if you’re comfortable starting conversations with people you don’t know. We aspire to enable much better BAME inclusion, representation and diversity across the University and Students' Union.

Contract terms

The postholder will be allocated to work within their school/course of study alongside staff and senior management. You will also work as part of a team alongside the Student Union sabbatical officers and Community Organisers to fulfil your duties. The role is expected to begin or start in February 2021 and to come to an end in June 2021. This is a part-time post. This part-time post lends itself to flexible working for those with care commitments.

If you’re currently on furlough leave and you’re successful in getting this role, you will be removed from furlough in order to take up this role because HMRC rules state that people are either working for an organisation or on furlough leave, they cannot do both.

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to having a diverse workforce as we know how important it is to have decision makers and collaborators with varied lived experiences to reflect the needs of our diverse student community. We welcome applications from everyone, and strongly encourage applications from; people with a disability, people with dependents, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We conduct anonymous shortlisting and all of our interview panels have Unconscious Bias Training in order to support the above. If you have any suggestions we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive application process and interview experience, please let us know

A key part of this role is being able to understand the experiences of BAME students within the University, in addition to representing them. As a result, to apply for these roles you must self-identify as a student from a black, asian or minority ethnic background. You must be a student of Sussex, BSMS, or IDS at the time of the start date in order to apply.

Job Description

Job title: Race Equity Advocates

Responsible to: Student Engagement Manager

Rate of pay: £10.56 per hour (made up of £9.42 basic wage + £1.14 holiday pay). Pay is calculated this way because our students often have other work in vacation time. They tell us that they prefer an enhanced hourly amount rather than separate holiday pay.

Hours of work: You will be job-sharing with another staff member, and working 3 hours per week each term time only, but will more than likely be flexible to include some evenings and weekend work during term time. 

Contract: Fixed term ending 30th June 2021

Applicants: We are looking for 1 student specifically from the Pharmacy course within the School of Life Science who is able to understand the experiences of, and represent black, asian or minority ethnic students. As such you must identify as a black, asian or minority ethnic student in order to apply for this role.

The Students’ Union is committed to employing students - seeking to support them as active participants who are helping to provide services within the Union

For More Information See the Job Description and Personal Specification


We really welcome applications from abroad for all of our vacancies.

Due to legal regulations we have to ensure that everyone is eligible to work in the UK and this would be done by us checking and making a copy of the correct original identification/documentation before your first day of work. You may also be limited in the number of hours you would be allowed to work.

Find out more information about applying to work in the UK.

In any case, we would encourage anyone to apply for a job in one of our friendly departments to give yourself the chance of being selected, and we would look to see the appropriate original documents before your first day of work




Everyone working in the UK needs a National Insurance number in order to get paid. If you are a UK citizen you will automatically have this, however if you are an international student you might want to apply for an NI number at the same time as you apply for a job so there is no delay in your payments. You can do so using this link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number. Please note you cannot apply for a National Insurance Number until you're in the UK, but this should not stop you from completing your application for this role. If you need support in applying for a National Insurance Number you may find that Sussex University's International Support Team can help: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/international-students/international-student-support


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Applications close: 9am Monday 8th March 2021

Interviews: Tuesday 23rd March to  Thursday 25th March

(Interview will be done via Google Meet, or telephone if requested)


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