Office of the President and Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)


B-MEntor Academic Mentoring Scheme

B-MEntor is a cross-institutional mentoring scheme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) academics and researchers

Am I eligible to be a mentee?

Mentees: should self-identify as Black, Asian, Mixed and ‘other’ ethnic background as this is where the evidence of under representation exists. You will and be from post-doc to lecturer level.

Am I eligible to be a mentor?

Mentors: can be from any ethnic background and must be at Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor/Reader or Professorial level.

What does it involve?

Mentoring is based on exchanging experiences, ideas and feedback between the two parties. It helps to promote understanding of formal and informal structures, enhances opportunities for staff to develop and build skills/knowledge, and enables continuing professional development and personal growth. It will also include:

  • Compulsory induction training session
  • At least six one-to-one mentoring sessions
  • End of year celebration social event
What are the benefits for staff?

Mentors can:

  • Gain fulfilment from facilitating personal development and encouraging others
  • Network with like-minded colleagues
  • Assist others along a path on which you have already been successful
  • Advance equality and diversity in higher education 
  • Enhance skills such as coaching and constructive criticism.

Mentees can:

  • Obtain career advice and direction
  • Receive help with identifying and clarifying issues, problems and obstacles
  • Source new ideas and practices 
  • Gain the opportunity for networking across a broader spectrum than provided by the day-to-day environment.
Why is there a scheme just for BAME staff?

BAME staff are significantly under-represented at senior levels in all our institutions and this scheme will help address these inequalities by:

  • Ensuring staff from BAME backgrounds are supported to reach their potential
  • Helping to advance the careers of BAME staff sharing information outside the usual networks and encouraging applications for promotion to senior positions
  • Reducing feelings of isolation for staff who do not work in ethnically-diverse areas

To qualify for the scheme, you must identify as Black, Asian, Mixed and ‘other’ ethnic background of colour. This includes visible minorities and excludes those who identify as 'white other'.


Common questions asked by mentees and mentors have been answered.

Mandatory training

Mentors must be available for the online training on the following dates:

Thursday 27th January 2.30-4.00 pm
Thursday 3rd February 3:00- 4:30 pm


Registration for the 2022-23 academic year will be opening in November - further details to be announced here.

Partner institutes

This scheme has been developed in collaboration with King’s College London, Queen Mary, and The Francis Crick Institute.

Further information

If you would like more information, please contact: equalities@ucl.ac.uk

You can find information about the B-MEntor Professional Mentoring Scheme here