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


B-MEntor Postgraduate Research Students Mentoring Scheme – UCL only

We are looking for mentors and mentees to participate in our new mentoring pilot for UCL Postgraduate Research (PGR) students from Black, Asian, Mixed and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

Am I eligible to be a mentee?

Mentees: Mentees: must be a UCL student in the final two years of a Postgraduate Research Degree Programme (MPhil/PhD, MD Res and professional doctorate programmes such as EngD and DClinPsych) and self-identify as Black, Asian, Mixed or Minority Ethnic.

Am I eligible to be a mentor?

Mentors: Post-doc (with least two years’ experience) to Lecturer level academics, researchers and teachers from any ethnic background

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.

  • Compulsory induction training session in November 2022
  • At least six one-to-one mentoring sessions
  • End of year celebration social event
What are the benefits for mentors and mentees?

Mentors can:

  • Enhance skills such as coaching and constructive criticism
  • 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 

Mentees can:

  • Obtain career advice and direction
  • Receive help with identifying and clarifying issues, problems and obstacles
  • 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 students?

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic PGR Students are underrepresented in Higher Education and attrition rates are high across all non-White Ethnicities.


We have put together some common questions and answers about mentoring for mentees and mentors. As this is a pilot, these current FAQs are based on the Professional and Academic programmes and we will update them as the PGR programme progresses


Applications for the B-MEntor PGR Mentoring Pilot are now closed.

If you are interested in being a Mentor on the scheme, please email b-mentor@ucl.ac uk

Note:  Registration may close early to maintain a proportionate number of mentors and mentees and ensure all registered mentees receive a match.

Further information

If you would like more information, please contact: b-mentor@ucl.ac.uk

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