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.s

Am I elgible 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.

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

Common questions asked by mentees and mentors have been answered.

Mandatory training

Mentees and Mentors must be available for the training. Future dates to be confirmed.

This programme runs annually with recruitment usually starting in October/November of the autumn term each year. We are currently in the process of recruiting a new project officer to take this scheme forward, so recruitment to the scheme will be picked up in early 2022. 

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 please contact: equalities@ucl.ac.uk