A groundbreaking initiative to equip British Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals with the tools and knowledge to stand for political office and take up leadership opportunities across society.
The Blavatnik School of Government is the lead academic partner in this initiative , which is organised by the House of Commons and Operation Black Vote (OBV) in collaboration with Oxford University’s Magdalen College and Blavatnik School of Government, and Lloyds Banking Group.
The programme includes 10 months of mentorship from Magdalen College alumni and a five-day academic programme led by the Blavatnik School. Participants build their confidence with political institutions, and enhance their familiarity with the UK’s political landscape. The five-day residential programme combines formal academic classes, informal discussions with politicians and journalists, and immersion in parliamentary-style debate.
Past guest speakers include: negotiations expert Associate Professor Emily Jones; former special advisor to the UK Prime Minister Nick Timothy; US presidential campaign strategist Parag Mehta; and top sports and leadership psychologist Steven Sylvester.
Admissions for the programme in September 2022 are currently open until 6 March 2022. For more information about applying please visit Operation Black Vote.