Mentor FAQs

Everything you need to know so you can get involved with the In2scienceUK programme right away.

When does the programme run?
How many sessions will l be expected to host and how long will they last?
What will the sessions cover and will I need to prepare anything?
What will the training be and when will it be held?
Who is eligible to participate as a mentor?
Can I pair up with a colleague to deliver the mentoring sessions/ host the one-day visit?
What will I be expected to do for the one-day visit and how do I arrange this?
How are students selected?
Do I need a DBS check?
I don’t work in an area currently covered by In2scienceUK, can I still host a student?

When does the programme run?

The programme will run between Monday 26th July and Friday 3rd September 2021. All virtual sessions will be hosted from 26th July – 20th August. The one-day visits will then take place within the timeframe of 16th August – 3rd September.

How many sessions will I be expected to host and how long will they last?

There will be two sessions online lasting around 45 minutes each, and a one-day workplace visit.

What will the sessions cover and will I need to prepare anything?

Should you be successfully matched to a group of students to mentor, you will receive a guide from us detailing what to include in each of the sessions. They will cover topics such as the students’ aspirations, next steps after Year 12 and advice for personal statement writing. You will not be required to prepare your own materials.

What will the training be and when will it be held?

We will run training sessions online where we will show mentors how to navigate our virtual platform, as well as giving tips for and guidance on how to run the sessions. The training will be held in July on multiple dates, and will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend.

Who is eligible to participate as a mentor?

We welcome applications from anyone who is currently working within the field of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK. This includes PhD students. Unfortunately, applications from current undergraduate or masters students will not be considered due to the requirement to host a workplace visit.

Can I pair up with a colleague to deliver the mentoring sessions/host the one-day visit?

We prefer that individuals sign up to be the main mentor contact – but one-day activities can be supported by colleagues.

What will I be expected to do for the one-day visit and how do I arrange this?

If successfully matched to a group of students, we will provide a guide that will offer suggestions for what to include in the one-day workplace visit and steps for arranging it. We would recommend giving the students a tour of the workplace, allowing participation in hands-on activities if possible and introducing them to any relevant colleagues.

How are students selected?

Each student is shortlisted and interviewed before a placement. Our selection criteria are based on new data published by the DfE which identifies those most under-represented at university and in STEM and research careers. 

Core Criteria:

  • Students must be currently attending a non-selective and state-funded school.
  • Students must be 16 years old or over and a current year 12 student or equivalent.
  • Students must be studying at least one STEM-related A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. 
  • Students must be within one hour commute of their placement location.

Additional Criteria:

To be considered for our shortlist, students must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria. (These may differ depending on region)

  • Be a recipient of Free School Meals (FSM) in year 11, or at sixth form.
  • Be a current recipient of EMA or Pupil Premium.
  • Currently, live in a POLAR Q1 area. Learn more about POLAR data.
  • Have parents or carers who have no higher education degree.

Do I need a DBS check?

Whether you need a DBS check to participate in the programme depends on the one-day placement and whether this will require lone-working with the student. If you are unsure, we ask that you get in touch with your local officer.

DBS checks can be carried out simply, but we ask that you reach out as early as possible to ensure that we are able to process these before the start of the placement. Many volunteers are already covered by existing checks so please contact HR or your department to find out before you get in touch.

I don’t work in an area currently covered by In2scienceUK, can I still mentor a student?

In2scienceUK are always looking to reach out to provide more students across the UK with the opportunity to take part in life-changing experiences. We ask anyone who would like to mentor a student who doesn’t work in an area currently covered by In2scienceUK to fill out our online application. We will then review these and get in touch if we believe that it is possible to mentor a student in the region.

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