A groundbreaking initiative to equip British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) 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.
Last year’s guest speakers included: 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. Applications for the 2021 programme have closed.
Applications for the programme beginning in January 2022 will open in May 2021. If you wish to be notified when applications are open, please email firstname.lastname@example.org