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Invite to nominate your staff or encourage them to self-nominate for the B-MEntor mentoring scheme

Now in its third year, UCL is currently recruiting the next cohort of mentees and mentors for B-MEntor, the cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. It is being run in partnership with King's College London and Queen Mary, University of London. We are delighted that the B-MEntor programme has been shortlisted for 2 national awards this year: the ENEI Tapping into Talent award and the Race for Opportunity Developing Talent (Progression) Award .

1. The scheme enables UCL to meet its corporate commitment to 'To enhance career development opportunities for BME staff - to improve the representation of BME staff at senior grades';

Heads of Departments are invited to identify both potential mentees and mentors from their department to participate in this initiative. The benefits for their department will be:

The requirements for participation in this scheme are: 

We would particularly like HoDs to encourage staff of Black origin to join the scheme as they are under-represented as academics and researchers in UCL overall.

Action: HoDs may wish to make all academic and research staff in their department aware of this opportunity and encourage them to self-nominate. Alternatively, they may also wish to approach specific individuals who they think will particularly benefit from being involved. 

The mentoring will last for the duration of the next academic year and a comprehensive training and support package is offered for all parties. The scheme is funded centrally so there is no cost to your department. The selection and matching of mentor and mentees will take place over the summer and will be carried out according to needs, interests and research discipline.

Provisional Briefing Dates:

All new mentees and mentors will have to attend a briefing, if they are interested in the scheme, they need to fill in the Doodle below and hold the dates in their diary.



We would be very grateful to have all expressions of interest by Friday 11th July. Mentors and Mentees should complete the form here: and send them to Rukasana Bhaijee - Diversity Assistant

Please contact me if you have any queries about this scheme. A full list of FAQs can be found on the B-MEntor web pages:

Thank you in advance for helping us make this innovative project a continuing success.

Best wishes,

Sarah Guise

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion




Last updated: 05th September 2016