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Mentoring at The University of Manchester

The Careers Service at The University of Manchester has been running successful mentoring programmes since 1998. Mentoring continues to be extremely popular amongst our students and has a strong reputation on campus. We want to give as many students as possible the chance to participate and are always delighted to welcome new mentors.

Manchester Gold Mentoring

Our programme follows a traditional mentoring model of establishing one-to-one relationships between mentor and mentee. We currently offer three programmes; Manchester Gold Autumn, Spring (both open to all students) and Manchester Gold Finalists (open to final year undergraduates). Through a combination of meetings, emails and telephone conversations, a mentor will provide support to their mentee from November - April (Autumn), February – July (Spring) and July - December (Finalists). We estimate that Manchester Gold Mentoring will involve around 15 – 20 hours of time during each of these periods.

As a mentor, you can choose to participate in the Autumn, Spring or Finalists programmes or take part in all the above mentioned programmes. If you opt to be involved in several programmes, you would be matched with a different mentee each time.

For 2016/17, mentors who want to take part in Manchester Gold will need to register on our exclusive new mentoring portal – the Manchester Network. Through the portal, student mentees will review mentor profiles and request a mentor who best fits their career interests and goals. Mentors will have the ultimate say over whether they want to accept or decline the student mentee. The Manchester Gold team does not match mentors with students.

The programme is flexible in terms of how, when, where and for how long mentees and mentors meet/communicate. We offer advice and guidance about how best to manage your mentoring partnership in the mentor training session.

For mentors based overseas, mentoring can be facilitated entirely online or over the telephone and training can also be completed online.

In 2016/17, we will also launch “Ask Me About”. This programme is an excellent resource for both mentors and students who are unable to commit to a long-term mentoring relationship but would like to connect on a one-off basis for careers-related advice. During registration onto Manchester Network, mentors are kindly asked to select the “Ask Me About” service first, before selecting the Manchester Gold programmes they wish to mentor on this year.

Who can participate?

Mentors from all sectors and roles, any size of organisation, in any location are invited to get involved.

We only stipulate that mentors feel comfortable advising their mentee about current job hunting strategies, the job market, recruitment processes and opportunities for graduates.

Mentees from all degree disciplines and year groups are eligible to apply for the Manchester Gold Autumn and Spring Mentoring programmes. For the Finalists programme, all undergraduate final year students are eligible to apply.

Within Manchester Gold Mentoring, we offer specialist strands of mentoring for specific student groups:

  • Disabled students
  • Black & minority ethnic students
  • LGBT students
  • Doctoral Researchers - matching current PhD students with a mentors who are PhD qualified

Mentors should inform us via email (, if they would prefer to mentor students from specific target groups or have additional requirements (degree discipline, UCAS points, interests etc.).

If you would like to volunteer your services as a mentor on Manchester Gold, please contact us via

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