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Equity mentoring

Mentoring provides you with career support from an industry professional. Equity mentoring is an innovative, positive-action talent programme for UK black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students which feeds into the wider UWE Bristol Equity Programme.

"Definitely take this opportunity as it will widen your knowledge and you will get to meet someone who has been in your position and can help and guide you."

UWE Bristol student

About the programme

The mentoring will last for four hours, spread out over a term as one- or two-hour sessions per month.

Benefits of being mentored

Mentoring can take many forms but its aim should always be to encourage you to grow personally and professionally.

It can be an invaluable opportunity to learn from someone with experience in a career that interests you, through which you can develop relevant employability skills and knowledge.

Students from previous schemes have reported many benefits, including:

  • practical support and encouragement in applying for jobs and accessing opportunities in the graduate labour market
  • information and insight on job roles, organisations, career structure and opportunities
  • individualised career planning and support
  • an opportunity to assess and learn how to demonstrate key employability skills.

What’s expected of mentees

  • You are motivated to improve and develop your employability skills.
  • Once registered, you must be committed to complete the mentoring programme.
  • You take the lead in driving the mentoring partnership.

Who the mentors are

  • Mentors are experienced professionals at various stages of their careers, and mostly based in Bristol. 
  • Some have already mentored UWE Bristol students and others are new to mentoring.

How to apply

Please note: This scheme is only open to BAME undergraduate students of UK domicile.

There are two entry points:

  • Term one – between September and January – is open to final year students.
  • Term two – between January to March – is open to first year and second year students.

Please email for more information about the scheme.

Student briefings will take place in October and January (dates will be confirmed).

Note to applicants

  • We will endeavour to match you with a mentor within your course discipline. In the event that this is not possible, we will be in touch to explore further options and will make every effort to recruit a suitable alternative.
  • You will be required to attend a compulsory student briefing as part of this Equity Mentoring Scheme – details will follow upon receipt of your application.
  • Please apply as soon as possible as there are limited spaces assigned to each faculty area. These will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

What our students say about the programme

"I feel more ready and confident in applying for jobs."

"Exploring a niche industry and getting advice from someone who has worked within the industry."

He is a brilliant mentor and has given me a huge insight into lots of different opportunities in the fintech industry."

"I saw it as an opportunity to help me get some guidance on what to do with my future after uni."

"The mentor was friendly and did not judge any of my questions which enabled myself to ask all related questions."

"Do it, you will have no regrets!"

View feedback from our 2017/18 pilot mentoring scheme.

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