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Kingston University's Beyond Barriers mentoring scheme goes from strength to strength

Posted Tuesday 1 August 2017

Kingston University's Beyond Barriers mentoring scheme goes from strength to strength

Over the past nine years, Kingston University's Beyond Barriers mentoring scheme has helped students develop confidence in their ability to complete their studies, aim for a better degree and boost their employability skills. At the end of scheme special celebration event, Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier said:  

"The diversity of the student body at Kingston University is one of our great strengths. The mentoring scheme has enabled our students to further enhance their potential through the development of new skills including confidence building, learning about the world of work and presentation skills, amongst others. Our mentors come from a range of industry backgrounds, many of whom have participated in the scheme year on year. We are grateful for your continued commitment and dedication. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have participated in the student and staff schemes and congratulate you on your success."

Some of the mentors and mentees share their stores below:

Thembi MundandaThembi Mundanda, 2017 Student MenteeThembi Mundanda, 2017 Student Mentee, BSc Business Economics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 

"My mentor has been extremely helpful in all aspects of life, not just the academic area. I can attribute most of my progressive change this year to working with him.

The help the scheme has provided is tremendous. Not only has it guided me in the right direction, but also challenged me to go beyond my self-imposed limits".

Kristie Gurung, 2017 Student Mentee, Actuarial Science, Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing 

"It was an immense pleasure being part of the Beyond Barriers Mentoring Scheme. I am a full-time undergraduate student holding a few part-time jobs that keep me busy at all times.

 Kristie Gurung Kristie Gurung, 2017 Student MenteeMy mentor encouraged me to look deeper into how I want to further plan my career. She motivated me to think about the quality of the activities I am part of. I've had a fantastic experience being part of this scheme. I 100% recommend students to sign up for the scheme."

Student mentor: Janis Brumwell, Human Resources Director, Wellington College 

"This is my third year of mentoring students and I'm always excited to see who my mentee is as they are always very different. It's a relatively short time in which to build a relationship, so I try and make sure my mentee understands what we are doing and why to make the most of the relationship. I'm also learning from the mentee, so it is a mutually rewarding experience".

Student mentor: Neomi Bennett, Managing Director, Neo-slip

Neomi developed the Neo-Slip anti-embolism stocking while she was a nursing student at Kingston University. She has since been invited to speak with the Prime Minister and travelled the world promoting it.

"Being a mentor to Kingston students was a great way to support the institution that supported me. It has been wonderful to help students; it is an ongoing cycle of people working together to enhance themselves, whether it is to learn something new or to build a new network."

If you would like to get involved in this year's mentoring schemes, please complete our online application form or email  for more information.

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