Our Partners

Arthur Terry Learning Partnership 

ATLP knows diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong - we are One Trust.  

We have over 1000 staff, and we come from different places, backgrounds, and experiences. What connects us all is our passion to ensure our children experience the very best learning and get the very best opportunities. We celebrate individuality and are committed to inclusiveness.  

Our Schools are places in which individuals and groups feel welcomed, respected, supported and are able to reach their full potential, whatever our background, identity or disabilities we have.  

Together we are stronger! 

City of Wolverhampton Council

The City of Wolverhampton has agreed to join this project because they see the value in work that can be done by those on Doctorial Research from the Global Majority population.  

The council wants to ensure that it engages with students in the city who are interested in research projects, so that we can support them with their research which may intern also support the citizens across the city. 

We can only progress by facilitating progression, we know that undertaking a research degree is exciting for students, but we also understand that it is hard work. Removing any barriers for students would enable them to get the research done more effectively and therefore reap the benefits sooner. 

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT) was established in April 2020. We provide mental health and LDA services across the Black Country, Children’s services in Dudley and a range of other services across the region. 

Our organisation’s values outline how we approach all that we do – caring, enabling, integrity and working together. We are proud to value and promote diversity in all aspects of business and we have recently made a pledge to be an ‘anti-racism’ organisation. BCH strives to promote inclusivity and opportunity as a fundamental part of our culture.

Our organisation already has strong links with the university and other local partners through our commitment to collaboration and partnership. For these reasons and more, we are proud to be a partner in the ‘That’s Me’ project.

The Greenheart Learning Partnership

The Greenheart Learning Partnership is a Multi Academy Trust that specialises in developing schools in challenging contexts, where there is a legacy of underachievement. Many of our schools serve 

communities from some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country, where challenges and barriers to success can appear overwhelming.

We strive to develop innovative practice and deep partnerships that help to embed consistent outcomes and ensure progress for all. We deliver a school experience for all our children which increases the opportunities for them to reach their full potential through outstanding pedagogic practice, underpinned by research.   

At Greenheart, we feel it is of critical importance that educational research thrives and draws upon the experience and insights of fully representative expertise.

In order to achieve this, we believe the That’s Me! project, aimed at eliminating barriers to postgraduate research study in the West Midlands, not only shares our aims but is essential in understanding and overcoming challenges experienced by under-represented communities

NIHR Clinical Research Network 

The National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network West Midlands and our host organisation Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in research and education.  This is demonstrated in our approach to providing health care and health research.   

Our ‘anti-racism’ statement is committed to providing outstanding care to patients and meeting the needs of our richly diverse communities. This means we must acknowledge the experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues, patients and partners and how they are impacted by racism.  We recognise the need to support global majority communities and students in education and health research.  

Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are proud to be supporting the That’s Me! project, in its mission to eliminate barriers to postgraduate research study. The GBCC has a well-established corporate brand coupled with many years of history and success as a leading business support organisation.

Our brand is strongly influenced by our mission, vision and values - understanding what the Chambers stand for and what we can offer our members, clients, stakeholders and employees alike is fundamental in ensuring our success and long term sustainability. 

Ensuring that postgraduate study is accessible to and inclusive of diverse talent from every community is a crucial element of ensuring that talented individuals from all backgrounds can make the most of opportunities across the region  


Brandauer is a niche SME manufacturing business based in Newtown, Birmingham. We employ 70 awesome people who are fundamental to us servicing our customers across the world. Supplying precision tooling and components in their billions to 10 different sectors and 26 different countries we are a provider of solutions, making the seemingly impossible, possible.  

Embracing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a vitally important part of the response to the national skills and capabilities shortage the manufacturing sector is facing in the UK and we strive to collaborate to drive improvements wherever we can.

As such we are proud to align ourselves as a collaborative contributor and partner to the That’s Me! initiative and look forward to working with all the stake holders to contribute what we can as a local SME to make the campaign a success.  

The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a community benefit society working to tackle inequalities and promote community wellbeing. We work nationally with communities and partners to deliver meaningful interventions and change and remove barriers to participation.

We work collaboratively with communities where inequalities are at their highest, to deliver a wide range of free activities and services, and bring about sustainable change on a social, environmental and economic level. Our work is underpinned by research and insight, within which we actively seek to amplify the voices of those who are least often heard.  

We are proud to support The That’s Me! project, working alongside the University of Wolverhampton, Birmingham City University and partner organisations to understand and tackle persistent inequalities that create barriers for postgraduate research students from Global Majority groups across the region, and further our commitment to strive for a more equal and inclusive society.  

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust  

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust vision is to build healthier lives. We aim to create a healthy and fair place to work and build the workforce of the future. Our values are kind, connected and bold.

We are proud to be a partner in the That’s Me! project as we aim to promote diversity and inclusion across the organisation through promoting a practical and inclusive culture providing greater opportunities for protected characteristics. 

We promote a fair culture at UHB through the work of the Inclusion and Wellbeing Team and the Fairness Taskforce and seek to support new employment opportunities in areas of deprivation, reducing inequality and grow the future through talent pipelines and routes into employment.

These aims align with the project to tackle cultures and processes to create an enabling employment environment to champion successful research and researcher careers. 

West Midlands Combined Authority

City of Wolverhampton College

At City of Wolverhampton College, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our students and apprentices to succeed. We put them at the centre of all that we do, delivering high quality education and creating progression and development opportunities irrespective of background or personal characteristics.   

Therefore, we delighted to be working on the That’s Me! project to embed change at a further education level to improve access to postgraduate research for our global majority students .

Black Country Chamber of Commerce

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is the leading regional business support agency for firms based within or doing business across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We operate in a not-for-profit capacity and work hard for our members across the region’s business community.  

Through our services and initiatives, we provide platforms and opportunities for businesses to grow, connect and become part of a thriving network which shines a spotlight on the amazing work local companies are doing and helps to make the Black Country a great place to do business.