Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Officer

Welcome to Aston

My name is Shantel. I am your BAME Officer for 2019-20.

I’m here to represent all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students at Aston and ensure your university experience is the best it can possibly be. 

liberating our bame community

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What is your favourite motivational quote?

“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking”-

Brian Tracy

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I like pineapple on my pizza.

If you had a spirit animal. What would it be and why?

I think a horse. I’m passionate and ambitious which helps me work hard to achieve what I want. I follow my instincts a lot and I love travelling.

What is your favourite book, movie or TV show?

Now this is a difficult one…

Favourite Book: Many favourites but to name a few- ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. I do love my classics!

Favourite TV show: This would be a long list too but Prison Break (up to season 4…), ………and Friends would be at the top.

If you could have a meal with someone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Michelle Obama. During her time as First Lady, she demonstrated such intelligence, beauty, compassion, bravery and a passion to change the world. She’s a true inspiration.

If you could change one thing this year what would it be?

I want to bring as many changes as possible to ensure Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students are represented and are able to enjoy their university experience. My first step will be to start a BAME Network at Aston University.

Why did you stand to be an Officer?

I want BAME students to have the best experience possible at university. I want to work with BAME students to create a strong network that provides a safe and positive space for self-empowerment and discussion on issues and experiences relevant to us. I hope to build a foundation for progress to continue beyond my year.

What are your top three tips for someone starting at Aston?


  1. Everyone is new to Aston. You’re all in the same boat so don’t be afraid to talk to anyone.
  2. Enjoy the full university experience! Get involved with everything, whether it be your course, the SU, a society or club, travelling! These few years of your life will fly by so make the most of it.
  3. Take care of yourself. University is different, it’s definitely about learning but not just on your course. You’ll learn so much about yourself and grow as a person. If you’re struggling with anything, ask for help.