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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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Brightside at Harvard: An inspiring intellectual feast

July 18, 2018
Anand Shukla, Brightside’s Chief Executive, reports back from the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management course at Harvard Business School on the insights on leadership and impact gained so far.

Brightside at Harvard: What we want to learn

July 12, 2018
Anand Shukla, Brightside’s Chief Executive, has been sponsored by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of London to attend the Harvard Business School course Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management. Here he sets out what he hopes to bring back to Brightside.

Manifesto for the Director of Fair Access & Participation: Conclusion

June 6, 2018
Dr. Diana Beech of HEPI sums up the recommendations for improving widening access in our joint report and proposes a path for how they can lead to a higher education system truly open to everyone.

Manifesto for the Director of Fair Access & Participation 35: Helen Smith, AGCAS

June 6, 2018
Unpaid internships and work experiences should be paid and openly advertised to equal access and increase social mobility.

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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