Our history

The Black

The Black Excellence Network challenges the racial disparities within UK higher education and competitive courses seen between black students and other ethnicities.

Black Students at Oxford University (2020 cohort), featuring Amgad Salih – Co-founder

We desire to increase the
participation of black students in
top universities.

The Black Excellence Network is a community of aspirational black individuals. We desire to increase the participation of black students in top universities, apprenticeships and careers in the UK.

Continually expanding

We are continually expanding our number of members

Which will further cultivate a community of inspirational black students. With the launch of a new mentorship cohort in Summer 2021, we will be increasing our involvement with Sixth Forms and Colleges, giving young people the opportunity to get involved with our organisation and widen their network.


Oyinda Adeniyi


George Obolo

Leadership Team

We have a dedicated team of ambassadors and volunteer.

We have a dedicated team of ambassadors and volunteers from institutions and disciplines across the nation who are committed to empowering black students and bringing the mission of BEN into fruition. Every member of the team is invaluable and aspires for the growth of our programme.

What we’ve achieved.


Followers on instagram


Minutes of consultancy calls completed.


Students within the Mentorship scheme. For the second year running!


Followers on Linkedin


Subscribers on our mailing list.


Members. Shows a large increase in our membership since January.

2021 Overview

Behind The Scenes Our First Year

We have put together a comprehensive 2021 Summary Report which includes a message from our directors, highlights, future plans and more!

Are you ready to
take the next step?