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What is Allyship? 

Allyship plays a critical role in helping us to dismantle inequalities within our society. Allyship is about building positive relationships, holding ourselves and others accountable and is a lifelong journey.  

Allyship involves being empathic, actively listening to the lived experiences of marginalised groups, calling out racism, standing in solidarity and taking action. Anyone has the ability to be an ally and embedding allyship into professional practice can influence change within an organisation and provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for students.  

As part of the Bridging the Gap to Leadership project we have explored what it means to be an ally within placement settings, allyship in the form of peer-to-peer support, allyship within the student-practice educator relationship and allyship in the workplace.  

Below are a series of resources produced by students on the Bridging the Gap to Leadership project for practice educators and individuals supporting students on placement. 

Content Creators: Kai Yan Chun Spirini (University of Brighton), Aliza Ale (Canterbury Christ Church University), and Emmanuel Ozowara (Canterbury Christ Church University). 

Read about allyship, what it is, what it isn’t and how you can become an ally. Useful links to videos and academic papers can be found here:

A Guide to Allyship