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Brunel Professional Mentoring Programme 

Brunel Professional Mentoring Programme is a career focused mentoring scheme and is part of the Professional Development Centre (PDC). The programme is one of Brunel University London’s Widening Access and Progression (WAP) schemes and initiatives targeting UK and EU level 2 and 3 students from backgrounds underrepresented in universities. Targeted students are matched with an experienced professional to act as their mentor.

The Mentoring programme offers two main strands; face-to-face mentoring and e-mentoring.

Face-to-face Mentoring

The face-to-face strand runs for six months from November to May. Mentees meet their mentor every month in their workplace. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to find out more about an industry from someone with first-hand experience and links to other occupations. Having regular meetings in their mentor’s workplace enable students to experience a professional environment and to hone vital interpersonal skills that employers require when seeking graduates.


E-mentoring is a new and exciting addition to the programme and is delivered through the MentorNet platform. Online mentoring offers a lighter touch mentoring option that allows mentors and students more flexibility around their busy schedules. In many cases our students are also invited to their e-mentors’ places of work.

Both the face-to-face and the e-mentoring strands provide our target students with
the opportunity to practise interview skills in a mock panel interview, experience a real assessment centre, and develop goal setting and action planning skills to help them secure the right placements, internships, and ultimately, an appropriate graduate job.

This scheme also ensures that you can immerse yourself in facilitating various vital learning and development opportunities students need, such as:

  • Work shadowing

  • Interview preparation

  • Practice presentations

    If you are interested in joining our team of mentors as an individual you should have more than 2 years’ experience of graduate employment and be enthusiastic about helping students to succeed. We welcome mentors from all professional backgrounds. Click here for more information or to Register as a mentor

    To support the mentoring programme as one of our corporate partners click on the link for more information or feel free to contact the team if you have any questions – their details are here

    For more information about the mentoring programme please click here

Santander SME Summer Internship Scheme

The Santander SME Graduate Internship Scheme has been designed to support upcoming graduates and SMEs to develop, learn and innovate new ideas within their respective fields. Bringing together emerging talent and growing businesses - all with the support of Santander’s partial funding.

The scheme is in line with our access and participation plans for 2019/20, increasing the figures of progression to professional employment or further study for our Widening Access graduates (those who will be graduating the summer of 2019).

Alongside this aim, we continue our work supporting SMEs – providing your company with 50% funding towards the intern’s pay (your company match funding the rest).

To participate in the scheme your business must be an SME (small or medium sized enterprise), employing fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover of £50 million or less. It must also be registered and based in the UK.

For more information on the scheme or register your interest please email

The Brunel Summer Internship Scheme (BSIP)

The Brunel Summer Internship Programme (BSIP) aims to increase the employability of students from under-represented backgrounds by providing them with internship experience in their first year. The programme is funded by the Office for Students meaning that students who are eligible for the scheme must meet a select criteria. All first year students who meet the criteria are able to register for the programme, from across all of the degree subjects we offer at Brunel University London. 

The programme aims to build on the student’s academic experience and employability skills. Students registered on the programme will be able to attend workshops and one-to-one meetings in order to develop their understanding on various employability related matters such as CV writing, how to succeed in interviews and business etiquette. 

This programme is funded by the university and each student will be provided with a bursary that equates to the London Living Wage for the 280 hours of work that they complete. There is no cost for employers to join this programme and all sectors are welcome. 

For more information on the programme or to register your interest please email

Voluntary Work

Whether you’re looking for volunteers for a one-off event, or looking to fill a regular volunteer opportunity, Brunel Volunteers are happy to help. 

Brunel Volunteers work alongside voluntary groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the Hillingdon and London area. Our students are keen to learn new skills and help to improve the community in which they live. We provide organisations with students eager to volunteer, and also assistance and collaboration on community events. 

Registering with us 

  • If you have any volunteering roles that you would like us to advertise please download the Brunel Volunteers Volunteering Opportunity Form. You must fill out a separate charity form for each role you have. 
  • Please read and sign our Partnership Agreement Form. You only need fill the form out once. 
  • Email the completed forms to along with a copy of your Public Liability Insurance and Logo. 
  • Upon response by the BV team, an advertisement for your role will be placed on our website, and there will be a notification on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 
  • Volunteers apply through us, and we relay all applicants to you for selection. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate organisations without Public Liability Insurance, or promote volunteering roles looking to replace paid roles. 

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Rawlings – Brunel Volunteers Manager 

Women in Brunel Engineering & Computing (WiBEC) 

The Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing (WiBEC) mentoring programme supports female graduates and undergraduates to attain their full potential in the engineering or computing industry sectors. The programme consists of one-to-one mentoring, professional skills development and bespoke visits to industry. Since the pilot programme in 2014, over 400 female students have benefited from this support.

We are always actively looking for additional mentors, with either engineering or tech related specialisms. If you are interested in finding out how you or your company can get involved, please contact Giselle Hayward, Women in Engineering Mentoring Manager for an informal chat. Tel: +44 (0)1895 266343

Design +

Welcome to DESIGN + we are a design-based initiative at Brunel University London that develops and promotes collaboration between business & academia with an emphasis on knowledge Exchange.


Run out of the Brunel Design department, Brunel University’s Product and Industrial Design courses are amongst the highest rated in the UK.

Since 2004, students from these courses have applied their knowledge to the Design-related projects of a wide variety of companies and Organisations including Brompton Bikes, JLR, Hornby and many more. 


Commercial projects include working with entrepreneurs on the realisation of radical new ideas, to developing a new product that has later been mass-manufactured for a multi-national corporation.


Our students have worked with hospital trusts and charities to develop new

products and processes. If you have a design challenge, we could help you gain a competitive advantage, or aid the operation of your organisation.


Students work on a variety of real-life design challenges, supported and guided by their supervising tutor. Standards are very high, with intense competition for the

most interesting or exciting collaborative projects.


All potential projects and the intellectual property arrangements will be carefully discussed with you. Throughout their project, students are supported and guided weekly by their supervising tutor.


This is an opportunity not only to access fresh thinking and new ideas, but also to add considerable value to a student’s education and career prospects and supports the next generation.


As working with students has certain time scales see an example of how the undergraduate year works.




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You may also be interested in connecting with the new Brunel for Businesses Forum, a LinkedIn group created by Brunel University London. This group supports the business community where we will share our knowledge by inviting our academics and experts from industry to offer their expertise in response to your business questions. During this challenging time Brunel University also want to create a space for businesses to share and provide support to each other. Please do get in touch if you have a specific question for Brunel University’s wider team by emailing: *This information is classed as an opinion and in no way acts as advice.