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Queen’s Widening Participation Mentoring Programme

Student Mentoring Programme

We’re inviting employers to act as mentors for our Widening Participation students. Your mentoring support can open doors for young people that previously couldn’t imagine themselves achieving career success.

The Programme works with students who are typically under-represented in higher education to promote diversity in the workplace and to raise aspirations and achievement.

This programme is designed to help talented university students from underrepresented groups succeed in their early careers.

What is the Queen’s Pathway Programme?
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What is mentoring?

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 as you (the mentee) progress through your student journey. Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing graduate career prospects.  

Mentoring, according to Harvard Law Review, is: “…the pairing of a student with an experienced teacher to nurture talent and provide advice and support.”

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About our mentors

We are looking for professional organisations and individuals who can:

  • Engage and empower your mentee through sharing personal experiences
  • Develop your mentee’s confidence from University through to graduate employment
  • Commit to up to eight hour-long online meetings every 4-6 weeks from December to May
  • Become a critical friend to your mentee outside their regular support system.

Mentor applications are currently closed

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About our mentees

We are committed to ensuring that those most able but least likely to participate in Higher Education should have an equal opportunity to do so and we have a support including the Pathway Opportunity Programme, Care Leavers and Senior Academy.

The Programmes provide the students with support in study and academic skills, university applications and confidence building activities. 

Our mentees come from a variety of backgrounds including:

  • Being the first in their family to attend University
  • Being from a lower income family
  • Caring for a family member or dependent
  • Residing in a disadvantaged neighbourhood
  • Being a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Having experience in the care of the Health and Social Care Trust