“The Black British Voices Project (BBVP),” says Dr Monrose, “is the first of its kind. It’s a project that reaches out to black communities and it allows them the autonomy to speak for themselves and define themselves for themselves.”
The project is a partnership between the University of Cambridge, the black-led consultancy I-Cubed Ltd, and Britain’s only national Black newspaper, the Voice.
BBVP aims to complete the first ever comprehensive national study of Black British peoples’ views in order to identify key areas of concern, to influence policy and to guide future research.
“Black people in Britain are not a standardised group,” says Dr Monrose, “they are people from all walks of life, all different experiences, all different perspectives, and I think it’s diligent that we try to capture these voices and speak to the real lived realities of what it’s like to be black in Britain.”
The survey will run throughout the summer and aims to create a nuanced and comprehensive account of the experience of being Black in Britain by combining a public national survey with in-depth interviews of leading Black British commentators, including politicians, celebrities, writers, journalists and businesspeople.
BBVP aims to build understanding, drive change, increase prosperity, improve policy, overcome obstacles and maximise participation in key institutions and professions.
The survey takes about fifteen minutes to complete and is also accessible on the BBVP website now.