Casual – BAME Student Advocate (School of Education)2021-07-22T12:09:30+01:00
Casual – BAME Student Advocate (School of Education)
University of Hertfordshire
Duration of Contract: Monday 6th September 2021 – Friday 1st July 2022 Please note we can only accept applications from current students of the University of Hertfordshire. The role of the BAME Student Advocates is to support and inspire students from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME)* backgrounds. The Advocates also help staff and students to further understand the experiences of students from different ethnic backgrounds and support staff to develop inclusive practices. We are looking to appoint one student as a BAME Student Advocate in the School of Education. There are multiple BAME Student Advocate roles available across the University, but we encourage students to apply to their own Academic School wherever possible so that they can work with students and staff in similar subject areas. For joint honours students, you can choose which of your Schools you wish to work for. There are some non-academic department roles for those who are interested in gaining a broader kind of experience in: The Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre/Marketing and Communications; Careers and Employment; Hertfordshire Sports Village; and Hertfordshire Students’ Uníon. Please apply to the correct job listing for these roles. Work will be undertaken within the University and will include working on an individual and/or group basis with students and staff. A lot of independent work is required, with support from the Academic School/department that each Advocate is assigned to and line management from within the Widening Access and Student Success (WASS) team. We actively encourage applications from students from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Main Duties & Responsibilities
Work with staff to develop inclusive approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. This will include conducting at least 10 module site reviews for those working in Academic Schools and an equivalent type of review for those working in non-academic departments.
Inspire and support other BAME students to gain the most from their University experience.
Support and help to organise the BAME Careers Event.
Discuss awarding data (grades) with Deans/Associate Deans and other relevant staff members.
Facilitate dialogue with staff members so that issues which may be faced by BAME students in Schools can be addressed.
Represent BAME students and raise issues of concern, or ideas for change at School or department meetings, workshops or other forums.
Gather student feedback and champion the student voice, including by holding focus groups.
Create safe spaces so that BAME students can voice any concerns, seek guidance and support and share their experiences of studying at UH.
Raise awareness amongst the student body about issues faced by BAME students.
Support the careful dissemination of data associated with the BAME awarding gap to students.
Support and develop campaigns related to issues faced by BAME students.
Be an active member of the University’s BAME Student Success Working group.
Regularly update students and staff on activities and findings through reports, action plans and other methods as requested.
Maintain a high level of visibility on campus and/or online and in doing so promote the role and the work of the BAME Student Advocates.
Perform other duties determined to be relevant and appropriate by the line manager.
Values The following core values will inform and sustain all of our activities. We aspire to be: friendly, ambitious, collegiate, enterprising and student focused. We expect that the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate all these qualities. Skills and Attributes Essential
Experience of working and/or learning with a variety of people from different cultures, backgrounds and ages;
Awareness of contemporary issues affecting and of interest to, students from BAME backgrounds;
Excellent verbal communication skills;
Ability to collect, process and present data;
Ability to work effectively alone and as part of a team;
Ability to deal with sensitive material with strict confidentiality;
Good IT/digital skills including use of Word, Excel and email;
Creative problem-solving skills;
Effective organisation and time keeping skills;
Able to demonstrate initiative and a willingness to learn new skills and technologies.
Knowledge of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
Knowledge of contemporary issues affecting and of interest to students from BAME backgrounds.