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.

"It gave me a path I could follow."

Ferdaous, UWE Bristol Student

Ferdaous UWE Bristol Student

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.

"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,

UWE Bristol Student

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.

Krishma and Kabamba's interview

Krishma Chuhan, BA (Hons) Business Management with Economics, and Kabamba Mpundu, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, tell us about their experience being mentored as part of UWE Bristol’s Equity Career Mentoring programme.

Who the mentors are

Mentors are experienced professionals at various stages of their careers, and mostly based in Bristol. Some are UWE Bristol alumni.

Some have already mentored UWE Bristol students and others are new to mentoring.

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

UWE Bristol Student,

UWE Bristol Student

How to apply

There are two pathways for you to access a mentor:

  • Alumni Connect – secure a mentor by registering on the Alumni Connect platform 
  • Core Equity module – students registered on the module will be contacted in term two.

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. We will make every effort to recruit a suitable alternative, however there may be a delay whilst we make new contacts and develop relationships.
  • 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.