About Bridging the Gap to Leadership


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The Bridging the Gap to Leadership (BGL) project is a collaborative project between University of Brighton and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). Funded by Health Education England, the project has enabled us to gain a deeper insight into the experiences of racially minoritised students undertaking practice placements in Health and Social Care settings. The purpose of the BGL project is to provide placement educators with resources that will help educate and inform, to create a supportive environment for the student during the placement. 

With thanks to the students who have led the project so far:

University of Brighton: Issy Taylor- Gallardo, Hansaka Seneviratne, David Amarteifio, Tasmin Jesse,  Harriet Atkinson, Dimple Hirani, Kai Yan Chun Spirini, Alka Biju, Emy Grolier, Jack Chan, Saam Sarafini, Angelo Serra, Blanky Wong, Anas Mansour, Bilal Mahomedally, Tony Decaux, Nazia Chowdhury, Spencer Garrison, Louise Betts

Canterbury Christ Church University: Emmanuel Alli, Ibrahim Fofanah, Japeth Rubiato, Phumuzile Sithole, Aliza Ale, Ralph Sevilla, Emmanuel Ozowara, Kirsty Henderson, Sandra Lee,  Marie Rule, Bartolomeu Cunha, Manpreet Sidhu, Becky Omoregie, Fleur Hinds, Funmiola Odusi, Ann Johnson Joy, Rosy Arbon, Harry Stephens.

The Academic project team are Dr Channine Clarke and Sarah-Jane Ryan (UoB), Mary Makinde and Helen Carr (CCCU).

You can watch this short animation about the project


Listen to the Council of Dean Podcast (2022) for Race Equity month where we talk about the placement: listen here 


This link on the CCCU website also provides a short summary of the project: Bridging the Gap to Leadership 


You can find various resources on the sub-pages in this area but these QR codes also take you there- please download and share this poster in your departments: BGL Poster for QR links

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Please read this useful summary guide, written by Meredith Guest (Podiatry student), of the latest key documents that you need to be aware of in relation to inclusive practice education: Final Bridging the Gap Summary doc 


BGL Past Students Experiences Poster:

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This is a recording of a webinar hosted by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists where the BGL placement was also presented: watch here