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


B-MEntor Postgraduate Research Students Mentoring Scheme – UCL only

Following the success of last year’s PGR Mentoring pilot, we are launching Stage 2 of our pilot for Black, Asian, Mixed and minority ethnic PGR Students at UCL.

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 2023
  • At least six one-to-one mentoring sessions over the 1 year mentoring period
  • End of year celebration social event in summer 2024
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 Black, Asian, Mixed, or minority ethnic students?

PGR Students from Black, Asian, Mixed and minority ethnic backgrounds 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

Mandatory Training

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

  • Mentee Training – Thursday 16th November at 10:00-12:00   
  • Mentor Training – Friday 17th November at 10:00-12:00   


Recruitment for the 2023-24 academic year has now closed.

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