Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hello and welcome, 2013 freshers!


Dear Freshers,

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Birmingham and a massive welcome from the Birmingham Ethnic Minorities Association (BEMA).

We are an association that  offer support to all ethnic minority students during your time at uni- not just in education, but socially too. BEMA aim to represent your interests within student politics (eg. within the Guild Council) and in other key decision-making areas. We  We also seek to raise awareness about issues affecting ethnic minority students, often working with relevant student societies and local organisations to do so.

We are entirely student run, and we hold a variety of cultural and political events in and around campus, including an Alternative Freshers Week, Black History Month events, Bollywood movie nights, performance events (such as the hugely successful ‘Love Talent: Hate Racism’ in March 2013) and more.

Visit our Facebook page ( to stay in the loop, and make sure you come along to our Alternative Freshers events (details can be found at to meet like-minded individuals, make new friends, and have some alcohol-free fun! We’re not a society, so you don’t have to pay a thing to become a member, just turn up to our events and get involved- after all, you’re only a fresher once!

NEW FOR 2013/14: As an association that represents ethnic minority students at the University of Birmingham, we’d like to use this blog as a platform for you to get your voice heard. If you’d like to blog on your experiences as a BME student, or on personal/ cultural/ political issues that matter to you, then we’d love to have you on board! No writing experience necessary- look out for the BEMA stall at the Welcome Week Freshers Fair to sign up.

We’ll be posting again very soon with BEMA updates and info about your 2013/14 committee, so keep an eye out…

If you’ve got any questions in the meantime, you can message us on Facebook, tweet us (@BEMA_online) or even drop an email to

We look forward to meeting you soon!