Become a mentor

Become a mentor with the Beyond Barriers Student Mentoring Scheme – give something back

Could you or someone in your organisation be a mentor to one of our students?
We are actively seeking professionals from all industries to act as mentors to some of our students under our Beyond Barriers Student Mentoring Scheme.

The scheme is a six-month programme designed to help students from traditionally under-represented groups achieve their full potential. As a mentor you can support the students by offering impartial guidance, encouraging new experiences, positive choices and helping to inspire self-confidence.

Find out what some of our previous mentors and student mentees said.


Who can become a mentor?

We would like to hear from anyone with three years professional experience, from engineers, health and social care professionals and IT consultants, to managers, software developers, creative arts professionals and teachers.

Corporate social responsibility

Some companies provide mentors as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes. It's a way of giving back to society while boosting your organisation and your brand.

Benefits for mentors

Mentoring can be a hugely rewarding experience. By encouraging a student to develop skills, direction and confidence you have the satisfaction of knowing you helped to change someone's life. You may even find it changes you - mentors often say they learned a lot from their mentee.

  • Share your knowledge and experience
  • Encourage someone to achieve their potential
  • Broaden your own skills and judgement
  • Meet other professionals

 The programme supports around 300 students annually who fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • Black and ethnic minority students
  • Commuter students
  • Female students in science, engineering, maths and built environment
  • KU Cares students
  • LGBT+ students
  • Mature students
  • Student parents
  • Students with a learning difference or disability
  • Students who are the first in their family to attend higher education

How it works

The scheme runs from October to May and requires a commitment of two hours per month (see the calendar). Full training is given and you will be carefully matched with your student mentee.

During the sessions you will discuss together the skills and knowledge they hope to gain through the programme, and help them create a development plan including activities, goals and timelines.

At the end of the programme you will be invited to a special celebration event and presented with an award certificate in recognition of your contribution.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Find out more - contact us: email:

Find out what some of our previous mentors and student mentees said.