University Student Mentoring

Could you be a role model for one of our young people? We are seeking current students and recent graduates to mentor primary and secondary students.

The IntoUniversity Mentoring Scheme matches a young person (aged 10-17) with a volunteer, giving them the opportunity to receive tailored, one-to-one support for their academic attainment, social skills and future planning.The scheme has been awarded Approved Provider status by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation – a mark of best practice.

What does being a Mentor involve?

  • Working one-to-one with an IntoUniversity student for one hour at least twice a month.

  • Meeting with your Mentee for at least five sessions.

  • Planning your mentoring sessions in advance, with the support of IntoUniversity staff. Activities might range from helping your Mentee with their homework or working on their public speaking, to baking a cake together or taking part in a group trip to a university.

  • Attending a mentoring graduation event with your Mentee at the end of the year.

Who can apply?

  • London: the Mentoring Scheme is open to current students from the following institutions: University of London, Imperial College, BPP, New College of Humanities, Loughborough University, Newcastle University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, LAMDA, London South Bank University, Middlesex University, University of East London, Regent’s University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Music, St Mary’s Twickenham, University of the Arts and London School of Architecture. Students from our regional partner universities listed below may also mentor in London. Individuals who have graduated within the last year from one of these universities may also apply. All IntoUniversity Student Associates can mentor in London regardless of the university they attend. 

  • Brighton: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Sussex.

  • Bristol: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Bristol, University of Bath and University of Exeter.

  • Clacton: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from Anglia Ruskin University. All IntoUniversity Student Associates can mentor in Clacton regardless of the university they attend.

  • Leeds: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Leeds.

  • Liverpool: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Liverpool.

  • Nottingham: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Nottingham.

  • Oxford: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Oxford.

  • Southampton: the Mentoring scheme is open to current students from the University of Southampton.

  • A minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) is required.

What can you expect from us?

  • Full training in advance of beginning your role and ongoing support and training opportunities from IntoUniversity staff.

  • Flexibility in your volunteering around exams and holidays.

  • The chance to develop valuable new skills and gain experience working with young people.

  • Recognition through the IntoUniversity accreditation scheme.

What do we expect from you?

  • Commitment to the role and to providing the best support possible to your Mentee.

  • Enthusiasm and a proactive approach.

  • The ability to build a positive relationship with a young person.


Read our FAQs here

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss any of the opportunities please get in touch at volunteering@intouniversity.org.

Next steps

Step 1: Apply

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please fill out our online application form.


Step 2: Training

All IntoUniversity University Student Mentors must attend a training and selection session. You will be able to choose a training date on the application form.


Step 3: Centre Induction

If you are successfully selected for the scheme you will be invited to attend an induction at your allocated IntoUniversity centre, where you will meet the team, find out more about your centre and your role, and begin volunteering.