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Raph Mokades ranked in top 100 Empower Minority Leaders list 2018

London, 31 May 2018: Raph Mokades, the Founder and Managing Director of Rare, a diversity recruitment specialist, has been ranked in the top 100 EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders list 2018. The list celebrates the work of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) business leaders, and future leaders, in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada... read more


Rare Masterclasses: A look under the hood of Rare's CRS

Using contextual recruitment, as former education secretary Justine Greening explains succinctly, allows companies to stop “fishing in a talent puddle and start fishing in a talent pool”. Quite so, and as more recruiters look to take the next steps in creating the best workforce for their business, Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) is on hand to help... read more


Rare Alumni Spotlight: Ifeyinwa Frederick, Nigerian tapas pioneer and multi-award nominated playwright

Rare alumnus Ifeyinwa Frederick is one half of the sibling duo behind Chuku’s, London’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant (see our interview with both founders)... read more


Back for Spring 2018: Rare Masterclasses

For the sixth year running, we’re offering exclusive breakfast masterclasses to Rare clients, showcasing Rare’s award-winning software and effective positive hiring programmes. The first masterclass, kindly hosted by our client Eversheds Sutherland, will give graduate recruitment and diversity teams the chance to hear from Rare founder and MD, Raph Mokades, before taking a facilitated walk through our Contextual Recruitment System (CRS)... read more


Launch day for Target Oxbridge

When we turn up at 9.30am for a 10am registration and there’s already a queue of 20, we know we’re in for a good day. This year’s Target Oxbridge launch was our biggest ever, with 160 students (plus family entourages!) taking over a huge auditorium at Clifford Chance, our hosts for the day... read more


Writing Fresh Chapters at Hachette with Mireille Harper

The publishing industry has been making a concerted effort to update its talent pool for the past decade, putting in place programmes and projects designed to improve both the diversity of the people hired and the books published... read more


High Yield: how 1st year students get a foot in the door at Deutsche Bank

For many young people starting university, the first year is often all about making friends, not getting lost on the way to lectures and joining as many clubs and societies as possible. For ambitious wannabe finance whizzkids, however, it’s when the hustle begins... read more


A change is going to come: Target Oxbridge will support 160 black highfliers in 2018

When Rare launched Target Oxbridge back in 2012, we did so on a shoestring budget, using the network of our own Oxbridge team members to support and develop a handful of talented black candidates. Last year, we offered our full programme of support to 45 students as they went through the Oxbridge admissions process, but after an increase in funding from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, we will be able to recruit 160 black students to the programme for 2018... read more


Rare Alumni Spotlight: Finding genius and spark with Teach First's David Akata

The lack of diversity at the top of UK schools is an entrenched issue; in London, where 67% of the schoolchildren come from BAME backgrounds, black headteachers account for just 1% of school leaders. There are also fewer male teachers than any of us would like - men make up 26% of teachers, with BAME men accounting for a small proportion of these... read more


Rare Rising Stars turns 10: The search is on

It’s one of our favourite times of year at Rare - over the next few months, we’ll be privy to stories of excellence, resilience and ingenuity as we learn about the nominees for our annual Rare Rising Stars awards. 

2018 marks a decade since we launched Rare Rising Stars, a celebration of the UK’s best black students... read more


Rare's Naomi Kellman joins Sir Michael Barber on BBC's World at One

As the University of Oxford admitted more women than men for the first time in its history, BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme invited three education experts to discuss the ongoing challenge for fair access to the UK’s top universities... read more


Rare Foundations: Consulting - behind the scenes at BCG with Folashade

Management consultancy is one of those professions that most students have heard of but few really know much about; the term can seem particularly impenetrable to anyone who hasn’t had the chance to meet a real, live management consultant. At Rare, we’re working with top management consultancies like BCG to ensure that our candidates get proper insight and are fully prepped when the right opportunity arises... read more


Our 40 Fast Streamers: record number of Civil Service offers to Rare candidates

The best people are Rare, so you can imagine our delight when 40 of our candidates were offered places on the Civil Service’s award-winning leadership programme in September 2017, the Fast Stream. The Fast Stream - ranked second in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2017 - is the Civil Service’s prestigious programme for accelerating the progression of the best and the brightest graduates in the country toward leadership positions across government departments... read more