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Beyond Barriers is our successful student mentoring programme that pairs industry professionals with students who, according to evidence, benefit most from having a mentor. It's our way of ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background.
Every year around 300 students from traditionally under-represented groups are mentored on the scheme. It helps their personal and professional development and improves their confidence and career prospects.
Every year we recruit professionals from a range of industries and organisations to become mentors to some of our students. Mentors offer one-to-one impartial guidance and support, encouraging students to grow, develop and fulfil their potential.
We carefully match mentors with students on the scheme and together, over a period of six months, they discuss the student's personal development goals and plan how to achieve them.
All our mentors are external professionals who come from a vast range of industries and are selected for their ability to inspire confidence and encourage personal and professional growth.
The scheme runs from October to May and requires a commitment of two hours per month from both mentors and mentees. Participants meet for one-to-one discussions and while this is usually done face-to-face, the 2020/21 scheme was entirely online due to the Covid pandemic. Details are not yet finalised for the 2021/22 scheme.
Full training is provided so both mentor and mentee know what is expected of them.
Any second year, third year and postgraduate students who fit one or more of the following criteria:
At the end of the scheme all participants are invited to attend a special award ceremony where they are presented with a certificate.