As many Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) students continue their struggle to be employed after university, it comes as a wonderful change that initiatives such as the Leadership Programme for Undergraduates by the Windsor Fellowship gives such a brilliant opportunity for BME students to develop into unique leaders in their field.

The Windsor Fellowship has been giving opportunities to young, vibrant and keen students for over 27 years, they have trained over 1700 Fellows on the programme since 1986 and they have gone on to become leaders in their industries.

The programme combines residential training seminars, a paid work placement with a sponsoring organisation and volunteering, which together enhance education, employability and citizenship skills.

Last year two of us from the University of Westminster were selected to be on the LPU programme for the small-knit Group 27 (27th year) consisting of 9 fellows from universities all over the UK.

Since then life hasn’t quite been the same…

From learning kayaking, developing my professional skills, doing an incredible summer internship with my sponsor the Home Office, attending residential seminars, and realising my long term goals —are just some of the wonderful things I’ve done and achieved since being a part of the LPU.

Faisal who is also a Group 27 fellow shares his experience:

“Coming from a deprived borough and being of an Asian background breaking into the professional world of work always felt daunting and at times impossible. Being a Windsor Fellow has made me believe I will achieve what I aspire to do and that my background is not a weakness or drawback but indeed a strength and something that pushes me further. I would highly advise you to apply to this unique and truly life changing opportunity in order to achieve what you believe.”

Like Faisal says, not only does the LPU equip you with professional and personal skills that enhance your chances of employment, it also empowers you to reach for your aspirations.

Applications for Group 28 are open, it would be brilliant to see some more UW students learning to stand on the shoulders of giants and being part of this prestigious programme.

If you’re a second year student of a BME background and want to try something that will inspire you for a lifetime, apply now.

To see the eligibility criteria and how to apply please click on the link below:

http://www.windsor-fellowship.org/#!about1/c1a3y

For further information on the LPU or to find out more about our experiences please contact us G27 Fellows (details below).

Taiba Razwan, BA International Relations with Arabic 3rd year student – Home Office Fellow G27

T.Razwan@my.westminster.ac.uk 

Faisal Iqbal, BSc Computer Science- Friends of the Earth Fellow G27

Faisal.iqbal@my.westminster.ac.uk

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