Learner experiences

In this section, students generously share their past experiences as students and/or recent graduates in professional practice. We extend our gratitude for their willingness to share these often challenging stories, with the hope that they provide insight into the experiences faced by racially minoritized students during placements. Additionally, students share their experiences of participating in the BGL project itself, offering a diverse array of webinars, podcasts, reflections, and Padlet discussions. 


Podcast Series: Episode one: David Amarteifi, Hansaka Seneviatne and Issy Taylor-Gallardo talk about their experiences and the HEE project. 


Episode two: This podcast is an empathy walk with Sabrina Shah, Band 5 rotational physiotherapist at St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, sharing her experiences as a student and graduate. 


Episode Three: This podcast hears from Senior Lecturer, Dr Heba Youssef, who discusses the university ‘s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Mentoring Scheme. 


This 9 min podcast by Canterbury Christ Church Students also shares their experiences of microaggressions : Listen here : 

#1 “Our Experiences With Microaggressions” – The Bridging the Gap to Leadership Podcast | Podcast on Spotify


This short podcast by Canterbury Christ Church Students provides tips for educators about creating a welcoming placement to enhance a student’s sense of belonging: 

#2 “Tips For Practice Educators” – The Bridging the Gap to Leadership Podcast | Podcast on Spotify


This podcast shares the experiences of Spencer Garrison, Ann Johnson Joy and Harry Stephens of being on the BGL placement:

The BGL Student Experience – The Bridging the Gap to Leadership Podcast | Podcast on Spotify



This Padlet has been created for students by students (providing information to support them with information about placements in health and social care) but is also a useful resource for educators: Link here 



Find out more about CCCU students’, Emmanuel Ozowara, Phumuzile Sithole, Japeth Rubiato and Aliza Ale, placements here


Additional Resources


A webinar facilitated by Rachel Moses is really important to listen to – it shares lived experiences of students from ethnically diverse, LGBTQIA+ and disability backgrounds we recommend watching the whole webinar when you can but have identified key areas below. AHP students lived experiences of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

  • Observed discrimination/ Culture in the placement setting   15:20 – 18:30 
  • Disability/ Reasonable adjustments   18:35 – 20:40; 29:10 – 33:50 and 33:50 – 39:15 
  • Sexuality/ Sexual orientation   20:40 – 24:50 
  • Accents/ Language   24:50 – 29:10   and   53:30 – 57:35 
  • Race/ Raising concerns – 39:15 – 49:30 
  • Intersectionality, Belonging and choice of university   49:30 – 53:30 
  • Implicit bias in educators 57:35 – 58.35 
  • Student trauma and impact of discrimination 58:35 – 1:07:00 
  • Student discussion/ suggestions for improvement:  1:07:00 – 1:54:15