For more information, please contact:

Vijdan Cakli
UCL Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment Office,
Room 24 2nd floor, South Wing
E: v.cakli@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 7679 0489

Student mentors

UCL Mentoring is an exciting programme which places UCL students in schools and colleges across London.

Our dedicated volunteers, who are all current UCL students, act as mentors for gifted and talented young people across the city. The programme provides young people with the opportunity to spend focused time on their studies and develop their independent study skills.

In addition, mentors act as sources of information and guidance about higher education. The programme is a great way for current UCL students to inspire and motivate young people whilst expanding their CV and their own skills set.

We currently work with twelve schools and colleges across London and last year placed over 120 mentors.

The schools and colleges we work with are all based in London and are non-selective state schools in boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Camden and Westminster.

Last year, UCL mentors spent nearly 1000 hours working with 215 young people to enable them achieve their potential and focus on their plans for the future.

“My mentor has helped me make a clear plan of my future and has helped me achieve some of my goals”

Year 9 student, Parliament Hill School

Year 9 and 10 High Achievers Mentoring programme

Our Year 9 and 10 programme seeks to raise the attainment of high achieving young people in secondary schools across London. By providing one-to-one support we hope to enable pupils to develop the attitudes, skills and confidence they need to succeed at GCSE. The programme will provide schools with an additional resource to help their students achieve their full potential. 

UCL mentors are matched with a school and a mentee, and meet with their mentee regularly throughout one academic year. Mentors will help mentees with their current school work and set realistic targets for their mentee to achieve over the year. This will be a subject that mentors are either currently studying or studied to A-Level or equivalent. By working towards targets with the support and guidance of a mentor, the confidence of the mentee improves, allowing them to make the most of their talents and make their own, well-informed decisions about their future. 

Year 12 Gifted and Talented Mentoring programme

Our Year 12 programme aims to maximise the potential of gifted A Level students, by stretching them academically during their first year at college. This programme will help mentees develop the necessary research and analytical skills required for academic study, as well as gain an insight into what higher education has to offer.

UCL mentors will work with small groups of students, and meet with their group regularly throughout one academic year. Unlike our Year 9 and 10 programme, mentors will be expected to devise short subject-specific seminars for their small group which will push students to think outside of the A Level syllabus. We hope this group mentoring will empower Year 12 students to meet the challenges of applying for, and studying in, highly selective universities like UCL.

All mentors will be provided with extensive training which will equip them with the skills and resources to be effective mentors. 

City and Islington College Mentoring programme

Our City and Islington College programme supports Year 12 and 13 students through small group mentoring. UCL mentors would provide some academic support and guidance about A level coursework, as well as sharing the benefit of their experience to help with choosing and applying to university.

What makes a good student mentor?

  • Commitment, perseverance and reliability
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communication skills – particularly listening
  • Adaptability
  • Patience
  • A positive approach
  • Ability to be open-minded
  • A good sense of humour


We ask mentors to commit to one hour a week, plus any additional traveling time to the schools from UCL which could range from 20-50 minutes. We expect mentors to commit to weekly sessions throughout the Spring and Summer terms of the academic year from January - June/July.


We have built strong and lasting relationships with schools and colleges across London and expect mentors to help us maintain these relationships and represent UCL in the best possible light. This involves mentors being on time for scheduled sessions and giving plenty of notice if they are unable to attend.  

If you are interested in becoming a UCL Student Mentor,  please complete the application form, link below.

We will be in touch in October to invite you to a consultation session where you can find out more before committing to the scheme.

Training will be provided in November 2013. More information about training will be given at the consultation sessions.

We hope to place UCL Student Mentors in schools from January 2014.

Applications for 2013-2014 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.