Published: 12 June 2019

Could you be a BAME mentor?

Are you from a BAME (Black, Asian or minority ethnic) background and local to Surrey? Would you like to give something back? Employability and Careers are looking to recruit volunteers for a new mentoring scheme designed to support students in the career planning process and provide an insight into the world of work.

Sameera Sesay
Sameera Sesay, mentee of the year 2018-19

In 2018/19, a pilot was run in partnership with the National Mentoring Consortium (NMC) and we are hoping to expand the scheme. Mentors who took part this year commented on how much they enjoyed contributing to someone else’s journey and having the opportunity to get to know a Surrey student.

Taking part in the scheme will involve attending a training day, run by the NMC, and a matching evening (Oct/Nov 2019). A mid-term evaluation is held in Feb/Mar 2020, followed by a celebratory event in May 2020. Whilst these events are held at the University, mentors are also asked to offer their mentee opportunities to visit their place of work. Mentors should provide a minimum of 12 hours of contact time and six meetings (face-to-face is preferable, although telephone/Skype appointments can be agreed). Support from your employer will help facilitate the mentoring relationship. 

If you are interested in this scheme, please contact for further information. We really value the insight and support mentors can give to our students. You can make a real difference, so thank you for considering this opportunity!

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