Levelling Up: Maths for Black heritage students

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science is delighted to be one of only five UK maths departments taking part in a new university access programme called Levelling Up: Maths for Black heritage students.  The programme – a collaboration between learned societies, educational charities and organisations across STEM and the Black community – aims to address the underrepresentation of Black heritage students in STEM subjects at universities across the UK.

The programme is open to students currently in Year 12 and studying A level Maths. Participants will join our launch event on the Canterbury campus on Saturday 20th May, where they will have the opportunity to meet their mentors in person and take part in workshops at the University. Students will then take part in online tutorials with their mentors, on a fortnightly basis on Wednesdays from 5pm – 6.30pm. These will run throughout the year up until the A level examinations in June 2024. The sessions will cover academic content but students will also receive support with their university applications.

There is no cost to schools or students to participate. We welcome applications from students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Identify as having Black heritage or descent
  • Are in Year 12 or equivalent at the time of application
  • Study A-Level Mathematics (Further Mathematics is not required)
  • Live in Kent or Medway

If the programme is oversubscribed then priority will be given to students who meet additional widening participation criteria, such as eligibility for free school meals or living in an area with low progression to higher education.

More details about the programme can be found here and the application form can be found here. The deadline for applications is Friday 14th April 2023.

If you have any queries about the programme or about your eligibility, please contact outreach@kent.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Levelling up’.