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 (BME) academics and researchers

Who is the scheme aimed at?

The scheme is aimed at BME academics and researchers from post-doc to lecturer level.

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are academics and researchers from any ethnic background at senior lecturer level or above.

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.

What is in it 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.

Common questions asked by mentees and mentors have been answered.

Expressions of interest

If you would like to become a mentee, please download the Mentee Expressions of Interest Form. 


If you would like to become a mentor, please download the Mentor Expressions of Interest Form.

Recruitment for the 2019-2020 round is now open.

Applications from mentees and mentors must be submitted by 31st December 2019.

Partner institutes

This scheme has been developed in collaboration with King's College London, Queen Mary, and the University of London.

Further information

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