Join as an Alumni Mentor

Could you be an Alumni Mentor?

Starting university can be an exciting time, but it can also prove to be a nerve wracking experience, particularly if you’re not sure what to expect.

You may have remembered worrying about moving away from home for the first time or how you would budget and manage your finances. Or perhaps you wondered how to talk to your lecturers, what to wear on your first day, and how you were going to make new friends!

That’s why we’re launching our new Alumni Peer Mentoring Programme! This year-long programme matches you with In2scienceUK alumni, who are about to start their university undergraduate course in Autumn 2022.

Read on to find out how you could join us in the role of Alumni Mentor, helping us to make an incredible difference, by supporting a younger version of you!

Apply to be an Alumni Mentor!

Deadline to apply is 23:59pm on 21 August 2022

Check the eligibility criteria before you apply

What does the programme involve?

As a mentor, you’ll be matched with an Alumni Mentee, or a small group of alumni mentees, in their first year of university.

Over the course of the 2022/23 academic year, you’ll have six meetings with your mentees to help them navigate questions like “What should I wear on my first day?”, “How do I prepare for my exams?” and “How do I make new friends?”

Plus, you’ll be invited to an in-person networking event in London where you can practice your networking skills and build those all important connections.

Why should you be a mentor?

Being a mentor to a near peer is a great way to support a younger version of yourself as they navigate new chapters of life that you’ve already experienced. Your skills, talents, and ideas will reassure and benefit your mentees, as they transition to university life.

To join the programme, you don’t need previous experience as a mentor. You’ll receive training and support throughout the year on the skills needed to be a successful mentor, including leadership, organisation and communication skills. All of which will help you in the next phase of your own STEM journey.

Plus, you’ll be invited to a reflection session at the end of the programme, where we’ll cover how to talk about your new skills in your CV and at interview.

During this programme, you will receive…

Mentoring

Alumni Mentee(s) who you will support over the course of the academic year

Training

Training on how to be a successful mentor. Plus, a reflection session at the end of the programme

Support

Resources, support and guidance from the In2scienceUK Alumni Team throughout the year

Networking events

An in-person networking event in London to practice those all important networking skills

Employability skills

Priority sign up to Alumni workshops. Plus all the skills you gain from completing the programme!

The Alumni Peer Mentoring journey

July-August 2022

Applications open!

21 August 2022

Applications close

September 2022

An online training session on how to be a mentor. You’ll also find out who your mentees are!

October 2022

An introductory meeting to get to know your mentee(s)

November 2022 – April 2023

Four online or in-person meetings with your mentee(s) throughout the year to support them during their first year of university

March 2023

An in-person networking event in London to practise your networking skills and build those all important connections

June 2023

Final meeting with your mentees. Plus an opportunity to reflect on the skills you’ve learnt over the course of the year

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must be aged 18 or over by 1 September 2022.
  • You must have completed your first year of an undergraduate degree at university. 
  • You must be entering your second year of university or beyond in Autumn 2022 (Please note, this opportunity is also open to alumni who have graduated from university)
  • You can be based anywhere in the UK, but alumni mentees will be attending London universities.

Apply to be an Alumni Mentor!

Deadline to apply is 23:59pm on 21 August 2022

Check the eligibility criteria before you apply

The Alumni Peer Mentoring Programme is generously supported by The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington