Diversity eMentoring Programme

A diverse group of students

This week UCLan Students’ Union and UCLan Careers are launching UCLan Diversity eMentoring Programme pilot in 3 schools (Justice, Business and Psychology and Computer Science) for 2nd and final year students. The programme is designed to support students from diverse backgrounds to connect with industry professionals so that students can develop key skills in order to be competitive for roles upon graduation.


Why should you apply?

  • Learn from another person’s vision and experience
  • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
  • Gain valuable insight into your chosen field of work upon graduation
  • Guidance on personal and professional development


UCLan Students’ Union President Zuleikha Chikh said “I have really enjoyed bringing this Diversity Mentoring Programme to life by working with enthusiastic staff across the University. This programme will be highly beneficial for students involved to help launch their career and for industry professionals to give back and develop mentoring and coaching skills.”

Your application will need to demonstrate what you want to achieve from the mentoring opportunity and show that you are committed to improving your personal and professional development. There is a total of 10 spaces per school. For this reason, not all applicants are guaranteed to be matched with a mentor. Please ensure you put as much detail into your application as possible.

UCLan’s Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Pradeep Passi said: “The diversity e-mentoring scheme is an excellent initiative that will provide students with some real insights from industry leaders as to how students can really flourish in both their studies and future careers.”


Will you receive training before your first mentoring session?

If you are chosen to take part in the mentoring programme, you will be given access to a link via UCLan CareerEdge to complete the following modules:

  • The Role of a Mentee
  • How to be a good mentee
  • Personality Insight – The Big 5
  • 6 Tips to Achieve Your Goals
  • The rules of a Mentoring Relationship


You will be expected to:

  • Complete the 5 short training tasks online on CareerEdge prior to your first mentoring meeting.
  • Meet with your allocated mentor for a minimum of at least 6 hours (approximately 1 hour per month).
  • Keep in regular phone/email contact with your mentor and prepare for meetings.
  • Complete and return the evaluation questionnaire to UCLan Careers when received via email.
  • Keep in contact with your School’s Employability Lead throughout your mentoring experience.


UCLan’s Head of Careers Carol Sanderson said “Having a mentor can help you identify and stay focused on your goals. They are someone you can talk to who will be able to share their own experiences and insights, motivating you to keep pushing yourself.”

As Oprah Winfrey stated, ‘A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself’.


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the mentoring programme, please complete the application form hereThe application deadline is Monday, 25th January 2021 by 12 noon. 

The 10 mentee applicants selected to participate in the programme will be notified via email by Monday 1st February 2021 and allocated a mentor on Monday 1st March 2021. All applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for the Mentoring Programme or not. If you are not selected for this round of the programme, we highly encourage you to apply again in the future as we hope to offer the programme again after the 2021-2022 session ends.

If you have any questions, please contact UCLan Careers - careers@uclan.ac.uk 


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