The BAME Student in Engineering Network aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by BAME groups in the work place by facilitating different workshops and events to promote diversity and to prepare students to enter the workforce.

Currently, the network has three work streams: Educate, Create Change, and Empower.

The network's objective is to:

  • Raise awareness of the challenges that BAME individuals face in organisations; the impact on their engagement, performance and career progression
  • Provide knowledge on how we can collectively create a more inclusive environment to support our BAME students
  • Provide tips for BAME students and staff on how to navigate institutions successfully


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Events Calendar

Our network will be hosting events every month of the academic year, covering a range of topics, cultures and platforms.

If there is something you would like to organise, or a topic you think our network should be engaging in, please let us know by emailing or signing up to the mailing list!

2020/21 Academic Year

October: Black History Month

We will be participating and supporting Swansea’s Student Union in their promotion of Black History throughout the month of October. Come along to learn about a different perspective.

Mixed Race and British

Date: Tuesday 13th October
Time: 10am – 11am

As part of the Black History Month sessions, we are hosting a session to look at one aspect of the modern concept of 'blackness'. Join two staff members who will share their experience of growing up in the United Kingdom as mixed white and black Africans. The talk will take you into schools, communities, home life and university through their eyes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions too, so come along keen to learn and get involved. All students and staff are welcome to come along!

Please register here: 

November: Focus Groups

We are running focus groups to see your opinions on the culture of the college and the opportunities presented to our entire student body. 

What are your experiences as a UK undergraduate ethnic minority student within the College of Engineering?

Share your views – good or bad!

Date: Wednesday 11 November

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Apply to join us for a one hour focus group by joining our mailing list:

Email: for more information

*£10 Amazon voucher for each student selected

Previous: 2019/20 Academic Year

Family Fun Day

28 August 2019 - Engaging with the BAME community Outreach with EYST

The Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) hosted a family fun day in collaboration with Swansea University. The day's activities were focused around the theme of science and technology, where experts introduced the young people to PH experiments and microscopy.

Talk by Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna

30 October 2019 - Organisational culture and inequality: the case of ethnic minority cultural intrapreneurs

Speaker: Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna

In order to gain an understanding of the barriers that BAME individuals face in institutions, we invited Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna, a Professor of Management and Organisation in Cardiff Business School to share his findings on the subject. The talk titled "Organisational culture and inequality: the case of ethnic minority cultural intrapreneurs” discussed the barriers to achieving racial equality by exploring how cultural and social differences and organisational culture affects the careers and experiences of BAME. It will also explore the strategies of those who have navigated the barriers successfully in organisations and how we can support BAME students.

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna's Bio

A Professor of Management and Organisation at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. Emmanuel’s research interests include organisation studies, strategy, marketing, human resource management, equality, diversity and inclusion. He has published over 100 scholarly papers and has received several national and international citations of excellence including best paper in services research (USA), top 50 most read management articles, most downloaded articles and many of his articles have been ranked as editors’ choice. Emmanuel is on the editorial boards of several leading management journals as well as being a trustee of Race Council Wales. He shares his most recent work, which was published in Human Resource Management Journal, on organisational culture and equal opportunities.

Talk by Jannett Morgan

29 January 2020 - Sponsorship: why race matters

Speaker: Jannett Morgan

This talk explored sponsorship as a tool to increase the representation of BAME leaders in the engineering industry. Currently, less than 0.5% BAME engineers are board members of engineering companies and less than 0.1% of engineering professors are BAME. Although mentoring has been used to promote the career progression of women and ethnic minorities, a study revealed that more women than men have been assigned mentors, yet 15% more men received promotions. The findings indicate that having more mentorship did not lead to career advancement, but having a senior mentor to provide sponsorship did. 

A sponsor / protégé relationship arises spontaneously often because the sponsor spots someone who reminds them of their younger self.  These relationships are characterised by mutual interest and liking in addition to respect for each other’s careers. Given that the majority of senior managers are both white and male, it is less likely that this relationship develops between a senior leader and an aspiring BAME leader. Adding gender further complicates matters because of the risk of misattributed motives of an approach made by a senior male manager to a more junior female colleague. Formal sponsoring schemes are needed therefore to ensure that the benefits of sponsoring can be accessed by a diverse range of talent.

Jannett Morgan, introduced the concept of sponsorship and how it differs from mentorship. She explained how BAME staff and students can use it to accelerate their current or future careers and how institutions can use it to tackle the underrepresentation of BAME, especially in leadership positions.

Jannett Morgan's Bio 

Director of JM Learning & Skills, teacher, trainer, consultant and coach with over twenty years’ experience working in further and higher education, and more recently as a leadership and management training solutions consultant for organisations in the UK and overseas. Currently, Jannett is Associate Programme Director for Diversifying Leadership, the Advance HE programme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) early career academic and professional services employees, and is co-author of the Sponsor Toolkit. She has delivered inclusive leadership development programmes and keynotes for staff and students at several higher education institutions, including University of the Arts, University of London, University of Manchester and National Union of Students.

Talk by Dr Naveena Prakasam

7 May 2020 - Race, intersectionality and gender: working towards developing anti-racist practices

Speaker: Dr Naveena Prakasam


Out of the 20.5% of women working in the engineering sector in the UK in 2017, 8.1% identified as BAME. The Royal Academy of Engineering survey demonstrates that there is a specific set experience shared by women and others in BAME. As such, BAME women face a particular set of experiences that is a unique interplay between their gender and race. The intersectionality of gender and race was first coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, who argued that equality cannot be achieved if policy makers fail to understand and identify the barriers of those that fall under multiple protected characteristics.
In this talk, she will draw from existing literature to discuss the importance of understanding race, and intersectionality in Higher Education and discuss the importance of working towards developing anti-racist practices. The talk will end by discussing a way forward – are Equality Diversity and Inclusion activities sufficient in achieving the university’s anti-racist aims?

Dr Naveena Prakasam's Bio

Dr Naveena Prakasam is a lecturer in Human Resources Management and Leadership at the School of Management, Swansea University. Some of her current research projects include: exploring experiences of racialised and gendered foreign workers; and Neo-colonial leadership in the context of Multi-National Corporations. Naveena is also the Athena SWAN Academic Co-Chair for the Self-Assessment Team at SoM and a key member of the BAME Student in Engineering Network committee. She is currently working in collaboration with Swansea University Library on a pioneer project which aims to diversify the reading list to include Non-Western perspectives and scholars.

Family Fun Day

Organisational Culture and Inequality

Race, Intersectionality and Gender