Mentors can be a catalyst - enriching career and personal development

Benefits of being a mentor

Mentoring is a relationship based on trust and mutual regard where one individual uses their expertise and knowledge to support the development of another.

Becoming a mentor and completing the dedicated training programme will contribute towards your continuing professional development.  You will be able to: 

  • Use evidence from your mentoring experience towards Associate/Fellowship of Advance HE   
  • Expand your professional and cultural perspective and professional networks 
  • Receive recognition for your involvement in a programme of strategic importance to College 
  • PhD students who become mentors will be paid the GTA higher rates of pay for their time 
  • Share your experiences with other mentors and mentees through group cohort activities 
  • Join part of a community of mentors and mentees who will be part of the programme

Questions for mentors

Expectations for the Mentoring Programme

As a mentor you  will be able to:

  • Support students to enhance their academic and professional development
  • Engage with our training and development programme 
  • Participate in our networking, community and development opportunities
  • Commit to 6 meetings with their mentee, during a period of about 6 months 

Who are the mentees?

  • PhD students of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage (with any fee status (Home/EU or Overseas))
  • Undergraduate and Master’s level Presidential Scholarship students of Black heritage (Home fee status only).

How mentors will be supported

As a mentor, you will receive a comprehensive training programme which includes: 

  • Mentoring skills and approaches 
  • Practicalities of the mentoring role and Activate Mentoring Programme 
  • Unconscious bias training  
  • Safeguarding training 
  • Training on safe conversations

How will you be matched with a mentee and how will your partnership be supported?


  • As part of the application process, you will be invited to describe what you can bring to a mentoring partnership, your experiences and skills. This will be shared with mentees who will then select a mentor who best fulfils their needs.
  • There will also be regular confidential “check-in” meetings which provide an opportunity for you to let us know if you have any concerns or worries and to check your partnership is working well.

Activities and Events for Mentors in 2023/24

Please hold these dates in your diary:

  • Early/ Mid September 2023 | Mentoring Training 1: What is Mentoring (Self-paced and online)
  • Wednesday 13 September 2023 | 13.00 – 14.30 | Mentoring Training 1: Safe Conversations (Live and interactive via Zoom) Option 1  
  • Wednesday 27 September 2023 | 13.00 – 14.30 | Mentoring Training 2: Safe Conversations (Live and interactive via Zoom) Option 2
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024 | 13.00 - 14.00 | Mentee and Mentor Cohort Activity (Hybrid)
  • Wednesday 20 March 2023 (Live and interactive via Zoom)
    • 13:00 – 13:45 | Mentor “check-in” activity Option 1
    • 14:00 – 14:45 | Mentor “check-in” activity Option 2
  • Wednesday 8 May 2024 | 13.00 – 14.00 | Mentee and Mentor Cohort Activity (Hybrid)
  • Wednesday 19 June 2024 | 17.00 – 18.30 | End of programme celebration | In-person, South Kensington Campus