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What We Do

We make sure all young people can achieve
great things with our unique online mentoring

Why We Do It

We believe that talent, not background,
is the key to young people's success

How can we help you?

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Young People

I'm a young person thinking about my future.

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I want to use my skills to mentor a young person.

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Work With Us

I want to run an online mentoring programme to help young people succeed.

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Latest News

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Care leavers and their paths to higher education. New insights from leading thinkers 4: Become.

August 18, 2017
Chloë Cockett, Policy and Research Manager at Become, considers children in care, who are often left out of the widening participation debate yet face enormous obstacles progressing to higher education.

A more radical approach to contextualised admissions. New insights from leading thinkers 3: Durham University.

August 17, 2017
Vikki Boliver, Professor of Sociology; Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Social Policy; and Nadia Siddiqui, Assistant Professor (Research) at Durham University call for a more robust use of contextualised admissions.

Social capital in widening participation. New insights from leading thinkers 2: Brightside.

August 16, 2017
Paul Clarke, Head of External Affairs at Brightside, considers the crucial importance of social capital in determining a student’s success.

We need more progress, more quickly. New insights from leading thinkers 1: OFFA.

August 15, 2017
Following Brightside's joint publication with Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) of Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers, we will be publishing one essay a day from the collection over the coming weeks.

Case Study

Access for Rural and Coastal Communities (ARCC)

Reports from Ofsted and the Social Mobility Commission show high levels of educational disadvantage and low rates of higher education (HE) progression in rural and coastal communities. This is partly due to young people in these communities not receiving as much university outreach work, and encountering a narrower range of careers than those in urban areas, resulting in limited aspirations and knowledge of higher education and professional careers. ARCC (Access for Rural and Coastal Communities) used the internet to connect young people in schools in Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight with online mentors who acted as role models and provided personalised advice and support about university and career pathways.

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Dr. Annalisa Alexander, Head of Outreach, Imperial College

I would definitely recommend online mentoring with Brightside to other universities. We have been continuously impressed by the innovation, service and most importantly the positive impact this scheme has had on our mentees. It is easy to use, easy to recruit for and is a compliment to the other widening participation activities that we run.

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