PRESS RELEASE – The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship Application Process has opened on 29 February 2016

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship in association with Black Cultural Archives has opened the application process on Monday, 29 February 2016

Application Form:  http://bcaheritage.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Miranda-Brawn-Diversity-Scholarship-application-form.pdf

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation and the Black Cultural Archives are pleased to announce the application opening of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship. Running in over 60 cities in Britain, the Scholarship will help the next generation of BAME future leaders build and lead successful, growing and dynamic careers.

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation, founded by Miranda Brawn, aims to provide the next generation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders with incentives and opportunities while increasing racial diversity and equality in Britain and beyond.  This includes the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship, the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture and Mentoring Programme.

Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. The UK’s first dedicated Black heritage centre was opened in Brixton, London in July 2014. The new location has enabled the Black Cultural Archives to provide greater access to their archive collection, dedicated learning spaces and an exciting programme of exhibitions and events that explore British history from a unique perspective. The Chair is Dawn Hill, Vice Chair Miranda Brawn and Director Paul Reid.

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship includes £1,000 funding, work experience, CV advice, mentoring and VIP access to the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture”. Recipients of the Scholarship will be chosen annually based on their academic performance and interest in diversity. The Scholarship Committee will choose the finalists who will be invited for an interview in September 2016. The first set of scholarships will be awarded during the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture”.

The diverse panel of judges for the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship include some of the most influential people in Britain:

  • Dawn Hill (Chair of the Black Cultural Archives)
  • Karen Blackett OBE (Chairwoman of MediaCom UK)
  • Nicholas Cheffings (Global Chair of Hogan Lovells & Chair of PRIME)
  • Gavin Prentice (Board Director at Levmet Board Holdings Ltd)
  • Andrew Palmer (CEO of Aston Martin)
  • Kim Hollis QC (25 Bedrow Row)
  • Vanessa Valley (Founder & CEO of We Are The City)
  • Darren Allaway (Managing Director of UBS Wealth Management)
  • Funke Abimbola (General Counsel & Company Secretary, Roche Products Limited)
  • Jessica Huie MBE (Founder of Color Blind Cards and JH Public Relations)
  • Lauren Riley (Founder & CEO of The Link App and Ex-BBC Apprentice 2015)
  • Liz Rivers (Women’s Leadership Coach, Mediator and former City lawyer)
  • Catherine McGregor (Editor-in-Chief of General Counsel Publishing at The Legal 500)

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture aims to raise the awareness of racial diversity and equality with the next generation of BAME future leaders. It will also celebrate some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of our next generation of BAME leaders from across the UK. Britain’s best BAME future talent will come together for an inspiring afternoon while learning more about the creation of a more diverse and inclusive workplace to enable future success.

Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE will deliver a keynote address, followed by a lecture by Miranda Brawn at the launch of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture. This will be held on the 15 October 2016 at The University of Law, London.

Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE is the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first black woman to be a governor of the BBC and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council. Dame Jocelyn was a founding member and General Secretary of Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD), the organisation responsible for the Race Relations Act of 1968. In 1972, she was awarded the OBE for work in the field of education and community relations. In 1992, she received the DBE for her work in broadcasting and her contribution to the work of the European Union as the UK member of the Economic and Social Committee.

Miranda Brawn, Founder of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation and Vice Chair of the Black Cultural Archives said, ‘This initiative will recognise and encourage our next generation of BAME leaders while providing them with the right support in their quest for future success.’

The sponsors for the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship include Hogan Lovells and The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture is sponsored by The University of Law. This initiative has attracted a growing list of top employers who support this such as MediaCom UK, Levmet Board Holdings Ltd, Aston Martin, 25 Bedford Row, We Are The City, Color Blind Cards, JH Public Relations, Inspirational YOU, Generation Success, The Link App, Future Tech Girls, Empiric and The Legal 500.

The application process is now open and will close on 2 September 2016 – so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved! Shortlisted applicants will be announced shortly after this date and will need to be available for an interview in September 2016.

Key Dates

8 January 2016 – Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship & Annual Lecture Launch Announcement

29 February 2016 – Application opens

2 September 2016 – Application closes

September 2016 – Interviews for the 10 finalists

15 October 2016 – Scholarships awarded at the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture

To apply for the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship please visit: www.bcaheritage.org.uk and/or www.mirandabrawn.com to retrieve further details and the application form.