Mentoring College Students

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is when someone with more knowledge in an area helps a less experienced person. It is a learning partnership.

Mentoring is about helping people to make their own informed decisions and it has big benefits for both parties. At University College Birmingham, mentors don’t teach or tell learners what to do. Trust is essential – and the partnership can be great fun, too.

University College Birmingham is involved in a number of different mentoring initiatives including one specifically for college students on our further education courses.

How a mentor can help you

Our student mentors are here to help you achieve your potential and make important decisions about your future. This could include talking about:

  • School/college choices
  • University life, courses, finances and lots more
  • Job/career choices
  • Revision/study skills

Having a mentor will help you develop your knowledge in these areas and help you to develop your confidence and communication skills.

All our mentors are studying university courses at University College Birmingham and they have gone through similar decision-making processes to you. They know how you are feeling and they are here to help.

University College Birmingham mentoring initiatives

If you are interested in having a mentor, please take a look at the different initiatives we offer:

Are you a school student studying in the West Midlands area?

Aimhigher Mentoring takes place in schools and colleges. If you would like your school to sign up to have mentors, direct a member of staff to the following website: Visit Aimhigher Mentoring

Are you studying a further education course at UCB?

Finishing your college course soon? Not sure what to do next? Our University students can help you.

UCB mentoring provides a co-ordinated programme of support that students can adapt to fit with their own needs. Activities vary from revision/study skills, finding out about future careers and support with making decisions about future educational options. UCB mentoring take place at our Richmond House site with an option for mentoring at our Summer Row site. Sessions are flexible to fit around your availability.

Any UCB student studying on a college (further education) course can put themselves forward for the scheme. Mentoring is particularly beneficial for students who are unsure what they would like to do after college, or would like some additional support and advice. It is particularly beneficial to those where there is no family experience or tradition of going to university, and those who have a disability or a learning difficulty.

If you would like to apply to take part in this scheme, please email for more information and an application form.

Are you studying a higher education course at UCB?

This project is in the early stage of planning. More information will appear shortly, but if you have any questions please email
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