Race equity advocates - Education and Social Work

Closed 17/09/2020

There is a disparity in undergraduate degree outcomes between white and; black, asian and minority ethnic students which the Students’ Union and University are committed to closing. To help understand the gap, last term the Students’ Union ran the ‘BAME Ambassador Programme’ across the 6 schools with the largest awarding gaps at the university: Life Sciences, Media Arts and Humanities, Media Film and Music, Education and Social Work, Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex Business School & Global Studies. We are looking to appoint new students to join our existing team in the Education and Social Work school as we relaunch as Race Equity Advocates. You will either be working alongside an existing advocate or form a new duo for your respective school. The advocates will be supported by the programme coordinator who will monitor and assess the programme.

Would you like to work within a team who are passionate about working with the university schools and support services to address the black, asian and minority ethnic awarding gap?" Are you passionate about improving and facilitating education and student experience?

The role of the Race Equity Advocates is to engage and have conversations with black, asian and minority ethnic students from your School about their experiences within the University of Sussex and the institutional culture that leads to the Sussex Awarding Gap in their specific school of study.

We are looking for students who will support, inspire and empower black, asian and minority ethnic students to be involved in creating change at our university in order to close the awarding gap. The knowledge you gain and share will help university managers, schools and support service to start initiatives that will address the Sussex awarding gap. We aspire to enable much better black, asian and minority ethnic inclusion, to increase representation and diversity across the University and Students' Union.

You’ll likely enjoy this role if you’re comfortable starting conversations with people you don’t know. This project has been created to help the University to further understand the experiences of students from different ethnic backgrounds and will help staff to improve diversity and inclusive practices.

The postholder will be allocated to work within their own school 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 fulfill your duties.

We’re looking for a student who identifies as black, asian and/or minority ethnic, who is passionate about understanding the lived experiences of students’ of colour with an awareness of the varying sub-identity groups that make-up the communities and the nuances of the issues that they face.

The role is expected to commence in October 2020 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.

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

For staff that are currently already employed with University of Sussex Students' Union or Trading company: 

If you’re successful in getting this new job and would like to revise your hours in a pre-existing role, please talk to your line manager. You may be required to work your contracted hours in your current post during Freshers Week alongside this role.

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: 6 hours per week, but will more than likely be flexible to include some evenings and weekend work during term time

Contract: Fixed term ending 31st June 2021

Applicants: We are looking for students from 5 academic schools with the widest BAME Attainment Gap who are able to understand the experiences of, and represent BAME students. As such you must identify as a BAME student in order to apply for this role.

As this program is only running in these schools, to apply for the role you need to be a student in the following school: 

Education & Social Work

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.

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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




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Applications close: 9am Tuesday 17th September 2020

Interviews: 30th September/1st/2nd October 2020

Right to Work Checks: Week of 5th October 2020

Start Date and Training: Week of 12th October 2020


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