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Career Mentoring Programme

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Applications for the Career Mentoring Programme 2020/21 have now closed.

See the ‘Apply now’ tab for more information on when applications will be open for next year.

Taking part in the Career Mentoring Programme has many benefits. These include:

Mark Jeavons, a recent Career Mentoring Programme participant, talks about his experience in the short video below. If you would prefer to access the text, you can download the document ‘Mark’s Experience' at the bottom of this page.

Within the Career Mentoring Programme, we offer the option of two specific opportunities to receive support which may suit your needs:

More students should take part in this programme. It's not about getting a job, but really about knowing more about one's potential and creating a plan to develop it.

Applications open in September for the beginning of the academic year. All applications to the Career Mentoring Programme close in January for that academic year.

We run training for both mentees and mentors to ensure that you are well prepared for the mentoring relationship. As soon as our individual mentors and mentees have received training, we can start matching you together. Currently, all training is being delivered online.

Once you are matched you can arrange to start working with your mentor. This typically lasts one academic year, however some mentors and mentees choose to continue for a second year. The number of times you meet is determined between you and your mentor once you start, however we would recommend you have contact at least four times throughout the academic year, of which a minimum of two contacts should be video calls. Due to COVID-19, meeting face-to-face will not be a requirement this academic year.

Our dedicated Career Mentoring Team will support you through the training, matching process and the mentoring relationship.


Career Mentoring Programme Timeline

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Within the Career Mentoring Programme, we also offer two additional pathways:

Enterprise Mentoring

Are you looking to set up your own business or develop entrepreneurial skills? You can request to be matched with an Enterprise Mentor who will be able to provide specialist advice around self-employment and enterprise.

Diversity Mentoring

Would you like a mentor who has personal experience from one or more of the following groups?

  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Care Leaver
  • Disability
  • First person in family to go to University
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBTQ+)
  • Women

We can offer the opportunity for tailored mentoring with one of our Diversity Mentors.

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1 - Online application form:

Applications for the academic year 2020/21 are now closed. The applications will open in September for the next academic year (2021/22) and will close again at the end of January 2022.

Matching runs from October to February, with training for mentees and mentors also taking place from October to February.

2 – Training:

We think it is important that both mentors and mentees complete training before they are matched. It acts as an introduction to our Programme will provide you with the information and some of the resources that will help you during your mentoring relationship.

Information about how to complete training will be available once applications have opened for the 2021/22 academic year.

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If you would like to find out more about mentoring, please contact us:


Mentoring Coordinator: Bethan Moore


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