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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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I want to find out more about how Brightside supports social mobility.

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Latest News

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We’re hiring!

March 20, 2018
We need a talented and dedicated Volunteer Manager, Projects Manager and Projects Assistant to help us reach and support even more young people.

Brightside showcased in report on good one-to-one support

February 12, 2018
Our mentoring is highlighted as an example of support that helps people develop confidence and hope in new research from NESTA and OSCA.

We’re recruiting mentors

January 24, 2018
Young people need you to help them fulfil their potential. Find out more about how you can make a real difference to their lives.

Why we need to change the whole rules of the university game

November 7, 2017
Tom Fryer, founder of Write On Point, responds to the ideas in the Where next for widening participation and fair access? New ideas from leading thinkers collection published by Brightside and the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

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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