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We are working with Brightside to provide a fantastic online mentoring opportunity to young people who are considering going to University in September or already have an offer to go to University. 

In line with Gatsby Benchmarks, this 3-month project connects final year students with a mentor to help them explore and prepare for their next steps. The project would suit learners expecting to start their HE course in autumn 2020, and final year learners who are unsure whether HE is right for them and need support making decisions about post-18 options. 

Mentors have been recruited from Brightside’s volunteer network, including working professionals as well as current university students. They all hold enhanced DBS checks and receive appropriate training around child protection and safeguarding prior to taking part.  

Brightside supports over 10,000 young people each year through online mentoring, and an impact analysis of projects delivered in the 2018-19 academic year found that: 

  • Mentees experienced a positive change in hope, human capital, social capital, and confident decision-making. 

  • 93% of mentee respondents received useful feedback 

  • 89% felt their mentoring conversations helped them think more clearly about the future 

UCAS have become actively involved in the initiative as you can see from the press release and with a view to the 18th June course decision day, they are offering the following exclusive opportunity to mentees:

As part of the Prepare for HE programme you have access to a UCAS Expert who can help with any questions you have about:

·         The June 18th UCAS offer acceptance date 

·         Deferring your offers

·         This year’s results day

Courteney Sheppard is a Senior Customer Experience Manager for Students at UCAS available for you to submit anonymous questions to until Monday 15th June.


If you are a young person you can find out more on the Brightside Information for Mentees Flyer.

If you are a member of staff at a school/college please read this Information Sheet

Next Steps: 

  • Step 1: Complete our online registration form (embedded within the Information for Mentees document)

  • Step 2: Receive additional information from Brightside  

  • Step 3: Students create accounts and choose their mentor  

  • Step 4: Mentoring starts. Each week mentors provide support, advice and guidance on upcoming decisions, transitions and queries up to September 2020. 

if you have any questions or require more information please get in touch via our Contact page. 

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"I have been in frequent communication with my mentor, and I have a lot to learn from him. He is doing a Masters at Columbia University and works in investment banking. He has been very engaging, setting useful tasks for me to develop my understanding."

- Brightside - Prepare for HE online mentee

“I have learned more about myself and the opportunities ahead of me"

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“Everyone is supportive and the staff are very friendly”

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“Thanks for the interesting talk. I’ll be using your positive thinking strategies in my exams.”

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"UniConnect have been amazing to work with and we can't thank them enough for offering this additional support for young people. This has and will most certainly support them in their ideas and choices to access further education. The support, communication and dedication from the NCOP team has been second to none and we are so grateful of what they can offer/support young people with in terms of further education."

"the futurehy programme (and especially the team I have had the privilege of working with) has been a huge advantage to our school. I am very happy with their aims and ethos and they are consistent, organised and enthusiastic in their delivery."

"I experienced first hand at least one student overcome their insecurity and was able to fully engage in an activity led by an Outreach Assistant"

"Many students who came here (a University campus) today did not see university as an option but now feel confident that this is possible."