Atira Burton - UWE Bristol student
Second year Law student Atira is on the Equity Committee as well as doing public relations for Urban Lawyers.
“Originally, I’m from Jamaica, but I’ve lived in the UK for most of my life. University is so diverse compared to secondary school. There weren’t any programmes aimed at minority-ethnic communities.
It gives you lots of confidence
“The Link was the first big BME event I went to. “It was a really fun environment. I got to interact with BME students and professionals. It gives you lots of confidence, seeing people you can relate to doing well.”
Talking about the workshops, she says: “They help you visualise where you want to be in the next few years and plan how you’re going to get there. It’s a safe environment where everyone feels comfortable discussing how they feel.
“It’s one thing to think, ‘I want to be a barrister’. But you need to take steps. So I’ve started planning how I’m going to get there. I’m looking at my objectives and how I’ll achieve these each year.
“I’ve also started narrowing down what kind of internships to go after and pro-bono work to get involved in. It feels like every event gives me renewed motivation.”
Equity student programme
Equity is a forward-looking community of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) student talent from all over UWE Bristol. It's part of our commitment towards empowering BAME students to go on to great things after graduation.