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


B-MEntor Professional

A cross-institutional mentoring scheme for BME staff in Professional Services departments.

To build on the success of the B-MEntor scheme for Black and Minority ethnic academics we are piloting B-MEntor Professional. This mentoring programme provides a unique platform for BME professional services staff to strengthen their professional skills and improve their networking capability through the cultivation of cross – institutional relationships.

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. The programme will also include:

  • Compulsory induction training session
  • At least 6 one to one mentoring sessions
  • End of year celebration social event
  • Dedicated coaching session

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 BME staff?

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

  • Ensuring staff from BME backgrounds are supported to reach their potential
  • Helping to advance the careers of BME 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

Am I eligible?

Mentees: should be a member of Professional Services staff at grades 1 -7 (at UCL, this is generally up through first-line managers) and self-identify as being from a Black and Minority Ethnic background e.g. not White European. For other institutional partners, please confirm with your local contacts, as grading systems vary between institutions.

Mentors: The mentors will be Professional Services staff from any ethnic background from first-line managers up through senior management – at UCL, this is grades 7-10. For other institutional partners, please confirm with your local contacts, as grading systems vary between institutions.

Staff at grade 7 have the option to be a mentor or request a mentor themselves.

Expressions of interest

Please submit by 30th September, 2019.

Mentors and should complete the following form and send it to equalities@ucl.ac.uk

How can I find out more?

Please contact Teresa Williams at equalities@ucl.ac.uk  if you have any queries about this scheme.


The following universities are partners in this mentoring scheme:

University College London                                    Queen Mary University

King’s College London                                          University of Arts London

St George’s, University of London                         City, University of London

University of East London