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Unite Students resources and toolkits on Living Black at University

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Resources and toolkits on Living Black at University

On this page, you can find the resources created by or on behalf of the Unite Students Living Black at University Commission to support your institution in improving Black students’ university experience.

Living Black at University
Living Black at University
3 resources to support change

The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University is delighted to share a series of resources to support the wider Higher Education sector in achieving race equity and creating a more welcoming university community for Black students.

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Resources by the Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University

Commission resources

Living Black at University Research Toolkit

This toolkit is an output of the Unite Students Living Black at University Commission and it enables universities and accommodation providers to replicate the original research with their own student body.

The toolkit is there to support this research. It includes the survey tool that was used in the original research and there is further advice from the research team on involving Black students in the research, conducting focus groups and acting on the results.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Data Maturity Framework

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Data Maturity Framework was created to help universities and accommodation providers address issues such as these, in response to the Living Black at University report.

Authored by Dr Nick Cartwright, Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds and Consulting Fellow at Halpin Partnership, the framework demonstrates how universities and accommodation providers can gradually improve how they capture, analyse and respond to issues highlighted by demographic data of students and staff, in order to support a more inclusive and diverse environment.

Living Black at University Commission Cultural Services Toolkit

Unite Students has been working very closely with Newcastle University on this joint project which links the findings of this research to the race equity work at the university, aligned to activity geared towards a Race Equality Charter (REC) award from Advance HE.

We hope that this toolkit is used and disseminated as widely as possible, and that all participants engage with it to keep on augmenting its relevance. We would also like it to be a template for creating other culturally relevant toolkits for other student groups, which speaks to the heart of providing an inclusive and meaningful student experience at Newcastle and beyond.

Supporting Black students at university: A parents’ guide
Black students are less likely to report concerns about mental health or access mental health support services, but report lower scores for wellbeing. Commissioner Melissa Browne has seen the impact first-hand, and shares her advice for parents of Black students on how to support them during their university experience.


OIA Good Practice Framework

The Good Practice Framework sets out principles and operational guidance to support higher education providers in England and Wales.

OfS Black Students Mental Health Project at LSBU

Co-creation to develop culturally competent mental health support for students.

Student Minds, Student Space

Expert information and advice to help students through the challenges of student life.

LSBU Interventions for Black Students 2022

Alex Potter & Greg Deadman-Gatt from London South Bank University share their Interventions for Black Students presentation.

Good Thinking: The Black Students Mental Health Project

Good Thinking has partnered with the Black Students Mental Health Project (BSMHP) to host a range of mental wellbeing resources, including blogs, podcasts and videos, which have been created by the black community within London South Bank University (LSBU).