The Black Excellence Network is a community of aspirational individuals. We desire to increase the participation of black students in top universities and apprenticeships in the UK and outside. We also aim to aid the personal development of our students and provide opportunities such as work experience and extracurricular activities which will allow for the personal growth of everyone in our community. 

What We Offer:

We offer a quality mentorship scheme, which will provide many black students with specialist advice and guidance on a range of subject courses. Mentor and mentee matches are currently being made on a rolling basis. 

We offer high-class consulting services, in which we provide our members with a wide range of professional and academic guidance. This ranges from personal statement assistance to internship application guidance.

We offer an extensive opportunity listing which details potential opportunities that will educate and upskill all the members of our network. This listing also includes exclusive opportunities for those in BEN. 

We offer a space where black individuals can network and exchange value between each other in order to strengthen their community. We will use our tailored events and exclusive forum to achieve this.

So Far We Have Accumulated:

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Opportunities Listed

The Problems

  • Lack of Support
  • Lack of Awareness
  • Lack of Diversity

Black students are not receiving the enough support and guidance on the next steps to take to reach their desired university, course or career

We have recognised that there is an information gap between opportunities that exist to help UK black people and the black community itself 

The is a lack of diversity within competitive universities and courses throughout the UK. This lack of diversity continues into competitive careers.

Why We Exist

  • Black
  • Excellence
  • Network

To increase the participation of black students in top universities and careers in the UK.

To celebrate existing black excellence.

To aid the personal development of young people in the black community 

BEN Mentorship Scheme
Mentees/Mentors who would recommend this scheme to others 85%
Mentees who received offers from Oxbridge/ Russell group universities 89%
BEN Events
People who would recommend our events to others 97%
People who join our network after attending a BEN event 94%
BEN Consultancy Service
People who would describe the service as "very good" or "excellent" 100%
People who would use the service again 100%

The Leadership Team

Oyinda Adeniyi

Co-founder

Oyinda is the Head of Marketing and Head of the Year 12 and 13 Mentorship programme.

George Obolo

Co-founder

George is the Head of Operations, Partnerships, Sponsorships, Consultancy and our Website Manager.

Pobor eruesegbefe

co-founder

Pobor is the Head of Finances and oversees Software Development.

Amgad Salih

co-founder

Amgad is the Opportunities Director and our Legal and Events Officer.

Learn More About Our Team

We have a dedicated team of ambassadors and volunteers from institutions and disciplines across the nation who are committed to empowering black students and bringing the mission of BEN into fruition. Every member of the team is invaluable and aspires for the growth of our programme. 

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