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University becomes preferred partner of Aziz Foundation


Four women of mixed race smiling

University of Bradford has become a preferred partner of the Aziz Foundation, which aims to increase access to higher education for British Muslim students who cannot afford to fund Master's courses themselves.

Over 70% of the University’s students are from ethnic minority backgrounds and it recruits a significant proportion of intake from Bradford, where almost one quarter of the local population is Muslim.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Congdon said: "A key part of our mission is to widen access to higher education by removing barriers and increasing social mobility. The University of Bradford has twice topped the English Social Mobility Index, which shows we do more than any other university to improve students' life chances. Becoming one of the Aziz Foundation's Preferred Partners shows we're committed to our mission of making a positive difference in people's lives."

The University has a number of initiatives designed to support students from different cultural and economic backgrounds, including the Bradford Pathways to Academia for Minoritised Ethnicities project (Brad-ATTAIN), which supports internships and summer schools to showcase postgraduate research to Bradford undergraduates, and offers PhD studentships for under-represented groups.

The University offers unconscious bias and EDI training as part of the staff recruitment process. The institution also boasts a multi-faith prayer space, with both a male and female Muslim Faith Advisor providing support to create an atmosphere welcoming to Muslim students.

The Aziz Foundation aims to increase access to higher education for British Muslim students by providing tuition fee master’s scholarships.