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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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Manifesto for the Director of Fair Access & Participation 24: Lorraine Dearden, UCL and Institute for Fiscal Studies

May 26, 2018
Data should be fully linked so we can understand socio-economic differences in access, drop-out rates and outcomes and which programmes are best at tackling them.

Manifesto for the Director of Fair Access & Participation 23: Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute

May 26, 2018
Oxbridge should provide more places and consider founding new colleges to increase the number of students from under-represented backgrounds at our most prestigious institutions.

Manifesto for the Director of Fair Access & Participation 22: Vonnie Sandlan, Colleges Scotland

May 25, 2018
There should be more efficient and cohesive pathways from school through college to university.

Manifesto for the Director of Fair Access & Participation 21: Paul Murray and Chere Kempt, Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey

May 25, 2018
Universities should fund basic costs, such as travel to open days, for those who cannot otherwise afford them.

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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