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Benefit from an Industry Mentor

About the Widening Participation Mentoring Programme

 The Widening Participation Mentoring Programme assists university students from underrepresented groups to connect with an employer or industry professional. 

This programme supports our students with ‘real world’ advice, guidance and practical information on a one-to-one basis. 

Below is some information on the programme for both Mentees (students), and Mentors, (employers).

Queen’s Widening Participation Student Mentoring Programme

Could you benefit from an Industry Mentor?

Take the opportunity to take the lead role in improving your employability prospects. Sign up to be connected with an industry professional who has volunteered their time to support you with ‘real world’ advice, guidance and practical information.

You will receive their support and guidance to develop your leadership, networking, communication, application and interview skills and get to know more about what a certain job might involve. The Mentoring scheme is open to all undergraduate students from a Widening Participation background (see eligibility criteria below).

Hear from a past student mentee on the programme

Michelle Edwards, Legal Professional in Baker McKenzie, tells us about her experiences with the Student Mentoring Programme and even how it landed her a job!

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What is involved in the programme as a Mentor?

Mentoring is a process which links individuals, providing them with an opportunity to learn from a professional who shares their expertise, knowledge and insights to support development to progress through their student journey.

Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing graduate career prospects.     

As a Mentor (employer), you will:

  • Engage and empower your student (Mentee) by sharing personal and professional experiences.
  • Help the Mentee develop their confidence and discuss their journey to graduate employment.
  • Commit to four mentoring sessions (approximately one hour in length) between November 2023 to April 2024.

If you would like to become a Mentor, please complete the form below.

Closing date of registering an interest to become a Mentor is 5pm on 28 September 2023.

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Become a Mentee

As a Queen's student you can become a Mentee on the Widening Participation Mentoring Programme and connect with someone in your industry who will mentor and support you with ‘real world’ advice, guidance and practical information on a one-to-one basis. 

Ask them about their expertise, knowledge and insights to help you progress through your student journey.

Please note Student Mentee applications are now closed for 2023/2024.

Programme Eligibility for Mentees (students)

To apply for the programme you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have you been caring for a family member or dependent?
  • Do you live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood? What is your postcode?
  • Are you a refugee or asylum seeker?
  • Is your family income below £19,204?
  • Have you experience of being in Residential Care/Foster Care?
  • Are you the first member (excluding siblings) in your family to attend University and do you meet one of the above criteria?

Mentee applications are open until 20 October 2023.