Published: 16 October 2015

New mentoring programme develops tomorrow’s leaders

Alumni and industry mentors joined with us this month at the launch of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Student Mentoring Programme to advise final-year students on how to get their first step on the ladder.

At a drinks reception at Rotunda Bar and Restaurant in London, mentors met their undergraduate mentees to share their expertise and begin relationships which will help students develop the professional, personal and commercial skills to succeed in the hospitality, tourism and events sectors.

We have matched 44 students with 42 industry mentors, 30 of which are alumni and who are drawn from nine countries. Each mentor commits to three 2-hour mentoring sessions (face-to-face or online) between October and December 2015, although pairs can continue to work informally if they wish.

We are very pleased that Troika Recruitment, co-owned by one of our Hotel and Catering Management graduates, Suzi Boyd, has joined with us as sponsor for the programme, and who sourced a number of mentors from their industry contacts.

Reflecting on the success of the evening, Dr Caroline Scarles, Head of Tourism and Events, said: “Working together with Troika, this new module brings students and leading industry professionals together to form valuable relationships. The launch has seen the start of these and, already, the energy and enthusiasm by everyone involved is clear to see.

“Surrey is renowned for high employability rates following graduation, however the market is becoming increasingly difficult to infiltrate, and it is partnerships like these that give our students the edge in this environment.”

If you would like to find out more about the scheme and how you could be involved, please contact Lucy Evans at

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