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Our Mentoring Programmes

Brunel Professional Mentoring is part of a range of Widening Participation (WP) schemes and initiatives delivered by the University's Widening Participation team. The programme has two strands of career-focused mentoring. Both strands draw on experienced professionals from private and public sector employers. Home UK Level 2 and 3 undergraduates from widening participation backgrounds and under-represented ethnic minorities are eligible to apply.

Professional Mentoring aims to assist mentees to:

  • Prepare for graduate recruitment and selection processes
  • Build a good working relationship with a committed professional 
  • Identify career goals, and convert aspirations into practical steps towards securing a placement, graduate employment or further study
  • Produce an outstanding CV and improve interview skills
  • Extend networks to include professionals in a target sector or profession
  • Learn and develop vital interpersonal skills employers expect
  • Get an insider’s view of a sector/industry.

Mentoring Strands

The Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Scheme (EMUS) introduced in 2003 targets undergraduates from ethnic minority backgrounds and is managed in collaboration with the National Mentoring Consortium (NMC). 

WP Professional Mentoring is aimed at students from other under-represented groups. Eligible students normally meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • first generation within their immediate family to enter higher education
  • have experienced serious disruption to formal education e.g. refugee, asylum seeker or young parent/carer
  • eligible for a full maintenance higher education grant
  • from low-income area with low participation in higher education
  • studied vocational courses
  • mature student (25+)
  • disabled student
  • local Authority care leaver.

Both schemes run from November to May. Mentors receive full training and work with their mentee over a period of seven months. Mentors and mentees meet monthly at the mentor’s workplace. Mentees also attend an induction session to learn vital tips on how to get the best from their mentor and the other activities and events built into the programme. These include career development workshops, mock interviews, industry days and networking events with employers.

These programmes provide employers with a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the career and personal development of Brunel students, whilst developing their employees' mentoring and coaching skills and building links with the University.

Applications for students reopen in September 2016

Apply to become a mentee 

For more information email our Mentoring Co-ordinator on mentoring@brunel.ac.uk

Key dates for your diary




Mentor/mentee Introduction & Launch Event

17 November 2016


Group Assessment Exercise 1

January 2017


Mock Interviews

1 February 2017


Group Assessment Exercise 2

February 2017


Business Networking Dinner

March 2017


Annual Award Ceremony

24 May 2017


Mentoring gives you wings! Well not quite. . . But you can get a great CV and excellent interview skills. Plus a lot more!