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Breaking Barriers

McDonalds OFC Breaking Barriers Scholarship

The scholarship, now entering its fourth year, looks to support diversity and inclusion within the agricultural industry by offering candidates the opportunity to attend the Oxford Farming Conference as well as participate in a pre-event programme with mentoring, bespoke events and materials such as books, to support their future career journey. They also benefit from the Scholars Programme more broadly, which includes a 2-day in-person training forum in November 2023 and a series of tailored online webinars.



Nuffield Farming Scholarship 2021: Encouraging and Supporting Black and People of Colour in Agriculture

The aim was to examine the UK and US to learn how Black and People of Colour are supported and encouraged to join the Agricultural, Farming and Veterinary Sector and how we can improve this going forward in the UK. Partheeban visited Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas speaking to farmers, ranchers, cowboys, academics, vets and other involved in the sector. He also looked at other sectors including the military and sports to draw comparisons and learn from these areas. His presentation is online and report is currently being edited for release soon.

MMI RCVS study 2021 Experiences of racism and its impacts on mental wellbeing in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people working and studying in the UK veterinary sector.

A landmark survey investigating the experiences of racism and the impact it has on the mental wellbeing of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people working or studying in the UK veterinary sector was launched on Tuesday 19 January 2021.

The project is funded by the RCVS Minds Matters Initiative’s Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, which was set up in honour of RCVS Council member Sarah Brown who tragically passed away in 2017, with the aim of funding research focusing on mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary profession.

Led by Dr Victoria Crossley at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Navaratnam Partheeban, co-founder of the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society (BVEDS), the survey is being conducted by researchers from the RVC, BVEDS, Oxford Brookes University and London South Bank University.