The quality or practice of helping or supporting other people who are part of a group that is treated badly or unfairly, although you are not yourself a member of this group: One of the most important ways to practise allyship is just to listen (Cambridge University Press, 2024). The BGL project offers resources including information guides, webinars, animations, and posters to foster understanding and practice of allyship, along with external resources for further exploration. 

Cambridge University Press, 2024. Allyship, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press & Assessment. 

 poster on allyship


BGL Resources 

Information Guides

Occupational Therapy students Harriet Atkinson and Tasmin Jesse have created this useful resource on allyship and how to be an effective ally:  Allyship Resource

Sandra Lee, created this summary presentation of the interventions you could take as an active bystander: Interventions as an Active Bystander



On 7th April 2021 the students carried out a webinar, attended by over 80 people, that highlighted ways in which educators can take action to support students from ethnic minority backgrounds on placement: please watch here 



This great animated video has been created by Kai Yan Chun Spirini on his leadership placement to highlight important messages for educators about being an effective ally. You can link to the BGL YouTube page and watch here 

We would like you to watch this to educate yourself but also to use in staff training to raise awareness and start important discussions so please share with your teams.



This poster was created by Harriet Atkinson (UoB), Tasmin Jesse (UoB), Japeth Rubiato (CCCU) and Dimple Hirani (UoB). Please download and share in your department:  Download here: Allyship

poster on allyship


 Additional Resources 


These short video’s by Dr Stephanie Nixon are also helpful in Understanding privilege and allyship: watch here 

 Tips for Effective Allyship: watch here 



Please link to this NHS guide on allyship that offers extra resources: link here

Imperial College London have also created this guide to being a white ally: How to be a white ally 



This poster was created by University of Brighton Professor Bhavik Patel

Poster on how to be an effective Ally



Nixon’s 2019 paper is also a really useful in helping to understand these concepts and our role as effective allies : Nixon S. A. (2019). The coin model of privilege and critical allyship: implications for health. BMC public health19(1), 1637. read here



This model of the 7 A’s of Authentic Allyship created by Yvonne Coghill, Director – WRES Implementation in NHS England, and deputy president of the RCN, is useful to help us see how to become an effective and authentic ally