Mentoring involves having a longer-term learning relationship with someone which helps a young person take charge of their own development, realise their potential and achieve their goals.

What is it?

  • Regular, ongoing discussion sessions.
  • Can be face-to-face, online or a mix.
  • Mentors could include current higher education students or others who can offer support, guidance or knowledge based on experience.
  • Can focus on specific topics like support in a subject area.
  • Can be one-to-one or in a small group.

What are the benefits?

Mentoring has a positive impact on participants knowledge of higher education and student life. It supports learners’ confidence in their own abilities, interpersonal skills, communication skills and subject knowledge.

Evidence suggests that face-to-face mentoring is particularly effective when delivered by student ambassadors that learners can relate to.

Online mentoring has also been shown to be an effective approach.

How to take part

To find out more about mentoring in your area, search for your local Uni Connect partnership.