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Are you the Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year?

We’re searching UK universities to find the outstanding Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year. We are looking for a student who is passionate about helping others, champions diversity and inclusion and has a knack for solving problems.

Announcing the 2021 finalists


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We are delighted to introduce the 2021 finalists for this award.

Anita Adebola | Aston University | International Relations and Social Policy

Ashae Mederick | University of Birmingham | Philosophy

Christopher Willis | University of Oxford | Economics and Management

Debra Aziba | Aston University| International Business and Management

Lara Vincent-Young | University of Exeter | Business and Management

Melody Stephen | University of Manchester | Law with International Study

Priscilla Appiah | Cardiff University | Law

Tenishia Prah | Aston University | Law

Thora Paul | Lancaster University | Biomedical Science

Zandile Khanye | Teesside University | Early Childhood Studies

What makes an award winner?

We're not looking for any academic criteria for this award – and you don't need to have considered joining the police before. We are much more interested in you as a person. We're looking for a winner who wants a career where they can make a difference. They will be:

  • passionate about having a positive impact on society and helping others
  • emotionally intelligent, open minded and able to communicate with anyone
  • a natural problem solver who approaches challenges with focus and determination
  • resilient against setbacks and not one to give up easily
  • honest, dependable and full of integrity
  • confident in making decisions, negotiating and working under pressure

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer three questions set by Police Now.

Must be completed by 01.02.21

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit two online tests designed exclusively by our partner SHL.

Must be completed by 01.02.21

Submit by 01.02.21

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 1 February 2021.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 26 February 2021.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Police Now.

This stage will include an online assessment.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 30 April 2021, where the award winners will be announced!

Police Now and the Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year Award

Police Now is a charity with a mission to transform communities by inspiring, recruiting and developing leaders in policing. Through our two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme, outstanding graduates become inspirational neighbourhood police officers, working in forces across the country to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public's confidence in policing.

There are a diverse set of skills needed to be a police officer, and policing benefits greatly from individuals with socially diverse backgrounds and experiences. At Police Now, we strive to inspire, recruit and train graduates to become neighbourhood police officers who are representative of the communities they serve. With a representative and diverse workforce, police forces are more effective in improving the public's confidence and trust in policing. We’ve won numerous industry awards for our work in diversity and inclusion and participants on our two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme represent a wide range of backgrounds. 58% of applicants to our programme had never previously considered joining the police and those who started the programme in 2019 graduated from 77 different academic institutions and speak 20 unique languages. 17% are from a black, Asian or minority ethnicity (BAME) background.

Why are we partnering this award?

Police Now is partnering this award because we acknowledge that to really transform communities, a different approach and type of police officer is needed and there are too few Black Heritage graduates pursuing a career in policing. This means that many communities are not fully represented by the police serving them and we believe that there are many really brilliant Black Heritage undergraduates who can help us to change this. We acknowledge that there are negative perceptions among many under-represented groups towards policing but we also know that more and more undergraduates like you are attracted to a career that presents them with a challenge and the opportunity to make a difference. We urge you to consider whether you can be part of the solution in driving the change that society needs, within policing and in our communities.

Together we are stronger.

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