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UEL students can volunteer to be mentors to young people to help them embark on a university degree.



We encourage current UEL students to train as mentors – to act as role models to young people who may not be considering university as an option, and to support their learning and studies. The mentors help build confidence in the mentees' academic achievement and motivation. 

Post 16 Mentoring (Year 12 and 13)

This accredited mentoring scheme pairs UEL students with local sixth form students with similar subject interests or backgrounds for an agreed number of sessions at the mentees’ school or college premises. Now in its third year, the scheme has helped over 60 young people become more proactive as they make the transition from school to university.‌

UEL is the first London-based university to be awarded a University-wide award by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

Looked-after children

UEL has long experience of supporting students from a care background through pre-application and study to graduation. This accredited programme links UEL first-year social work students with students from a care background to engage and support them. The scheme is run in conjunction with Newham Council. 

If you would like to find out more about how to get involved in a similar scheme, please contact us for more details.

UEL is proud to have a Buttle award for our work with children from a looked-after background, and we hold a Buttle Accreditation.

If you are interested in the mentoring programme for your students, please contact the Schools and Colleges Team or call 0208 223 4135.