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Mentors make the difference in developing students

Outstanding individuals from industry and students who have taken part in Brunel’s professional mentoring scheme have been recognised for their achievements.

The scheme, which has been running for 12 years, is separated into two strands aimed at students from widening participation and ethnic minority backgrounds, both of which draw on experienced individuals from employers in the public and private sectors.

This month, an awards ceremony was held to mark mentors and students achievements, presented by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Staff Development, Professor Lorraine DeSouza, and Julie Rees, Director of the School of Professional Development.


The winners were as follows:

· Mentor of the Year (NMC)- Andrew Smith (HM Revenue and Customs)

· Mentee of the Year (NMC) - Natalie Larbi (level 2 law)

· Mentor of the Year (WP) - Tony Belisario (Brunel alumni and council member)

· Mentee of the Year (WP) – Michael Testa (level 2 politics and economics)

· Joint Employer of the Year – HMRC

· Joint Employer of the Year – PricewaterhouseCoopers

· Mentoring Long Service Award (for five or more years mentoring) - Leroy Wilson (HMRC), Andrew Parrock (HMRC) and Jim Twist (Office of the Public Guardian)

· Mentoring Champion Award - Andrew Smith (HMRC), Peter Drummond (HMRC) and Andrew Parrock (HMRC)

· Mentoring Champion Award - Gloria Matumba (PwC) and Rohit Rai (PwC)

· Mentoring Champion Award - Angela Magon (British Empire Medal).


The mentoring scheme aims to prepare students for securing a placement or job, identify career goals, extend networks and get an inside view of a sector or industry.

Mentors receive full training and work with their students over a period of seven months at their workplace. More details about the scheme can be found here.