Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who can be nominated for the awards?

A: Any Black* or mixed-race student of African or Caribbean descent or heritage who is graduating in the year of the awards and will be aware of their final grade before or by July of the award year.

 


Q: Who is a finalist?

A: A finalist is one who sent in a nomination and has been shortlisted by the award Judges. This individual will proceed to the voting stage.

 


Q: What do winners receive for winning the awards?

A: Winners receive an award plaque and certificate at the grand finale of the awards. They are also enrolled onto a free one-year leadership development program that begins with a 4days Bootcamp, designed to equip and empower them to compete and succeed in the real world. The Bootcamp covers the core pillars of Black Impact, and explores topics that are not taught within the four walls of a University. The programme is worth thousands of pounds, but winners have free access.

Winners have an opportunity to be given a 4-weeks internship with one our partners, the Black Equity Organisation (BEO) and strategic opportunities with our partners (T&C’s apply). Winners also have access to our network of Black mentors and industry professionals and induction into our community of Black graduates who thrive and support one another.

 


Q: Who can nominate for the awards?

A: Anyone who has enough information and evidence about the individual that they want to nominate. Friends, family members, colleagues, lecturers, mentors, partners etc. are able to nominate. Personal nominations are also welcome – so nominate yourself!

 


Q: What is the Bootcamp?

A: The Bootcamp is the pathway to the leadership development programme that our winners are enrolled in. It’s usually free and designed to equip and empower them to compete and succeed in the real world. The Bootcamp covers the core pillars of Black Impact, and explores topics that are not taught within the four walls of a University.

 


Q: Who needs to attend the Bootcamp?

A: This Bootcamp is for all finalists and winners, and it is a mandatory programme.

 


Q: How can I put in a strong nomination?

A: A strong nomination is one that meets the specific criteria for the award category and that answers the questions completely with supporting evidence. To put in a strong nomination, you are encouraged to take your time to patiently fill in a nomination form and include all necessary evidence to back up your points.

 


Q: Can I nominate someone for more than one award category?

A: Yes, you can nominate yourself or someone for more than one category, provided they meet the specific criteria for each nomination.

 


Q: Does referral equate to a nomination?

A: No, it doesn’t. A referral is not a nomination. A referral suggests to us that you know someone who you believe deserves an award and provides us with information that allows us to reach out to your candidate. They are expected to complete the nomination form after we contact them.

 


Q: I am not studying in the UK, can I still send a nomination?

A: Yes you can. Provided you are graduating in July/August 2022 and you’re a Black student. Final decisions about nominations are made by the judges.