RARE  RISINGSTARS - The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Rare Rising Stars 2016


Rare Rising Stars allows us to recognise and celebrate extraordinary candidates. Each year, we showcase the achievements of the best black students in the UK. For the eighth time, we are pleased to be able to share the stories of our ten Stars Ė stories of ambition, resilience and passion. We hope that this celebration of excellence continues to inspire young black students to contribute to their communities and pursue their dreams.

2016 marks the first full year of our Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). The CRS allows us to shine a light on all overachievers by setting all candidatesí achievements in context. And itís having a marked impact. Research shows that firms using the CRS are hiring 50% more people from disadvantaged backgrounds, people in many cases like the ones celebrated in this book. We are using technology to show the world many, many more extraordinary people than we have ever been able to highlight before.

Our returning judges Tom Chigbo, Adrian Joseph, David Lammy MP, Trevor Phillips OBE and Jean Tomlin OBE had the unenviable task of selecting ten finalists from yet another remarkable list of black students.

We aim to continue developing a community of excellence by sharing the stories of our ten Stars, role models for their own generation.