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The application process for the Grassroots Programme is more formal and rigorous than simply signing up to be a BSN Grassroots member.

All applicants to the Grassroots Programme should review the eligibility criteria set out below and once satisfied they meet it, complete the application form which may be downloaded using the link below. Academic references from the applicants’ current university will also be required as part of the application process.


The Grassroots Programme is open to students at any of the Programme’s four sponsor universities (University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Bristol and University of Salford) who are:

  • from Black backgrounds (i.e. Black African, black African Caribbean, mixed-race black African or mixed-race black African Caribbean backgrounds);
  • from “non-traditional” or “less advantaged” backgrounds;
  • who demonstrate a commitment to their professional and academic career (by reference to academic achievement/predicted grades and course attendance levels) and their ability to participate for the duration of the Programme; and
  • who demonstrate the potential to excel in the legal profession.

Indicators of “non-traditional” or “less advantaged” backgrounds include (but are not limited to) being:

  • the first generation in the family to attend university;
  • eligible or in receipt of a means-tested maintenance grant from Student Finance England; and/or
  • attendance at a state or non-fee-paying school during secondary education.

Application form

If you wish to apply for the Grassroots Programme, please complete the application form which can be downloaded here:

Download Application form

Once complete, please email your completed form and accompanying references to