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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,
should be the key to young people's success

How can we help you?

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Mentors

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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Office for Students research into pre-16 outreach

December 14, 2018
Brightside's approach to evaluation and impact measurement is cited as an example of best practice in the Office for Students research into outreach interventions for pre-16 students.

Meeting with Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Universities and Science

November 30, 2018
A statement from our Chief Executive Anand Shukla and the CEOs of five other social mobility organisations after meeting the Universities and Science Minister to discuss university access.

Statement from social mobility charity CEOs in response to proposals for changes to higher education funding.

November 22, 2018
Brightside and other third sector organisations are calling on the government to protect widening participation work.

New partnership will give more support for our former mentees

November 16, 2018
Brightside will be collaborating with Bright Network to provide careers advice and guidance to our mentees that go on to higher education.

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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Testimonial

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 complement to the other widening participation activities that we run.

Testimonial

Professor Sir Leslie Ebdon CBE DL, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education 2012-2018

During my time as the government-appointed Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, I came to realise the vital role that mentoring plays in helping get students into university. In particular, the effective and efficient online mentoring that Brightside has pioneered has helped to motivate many thousands of students from non-traditional backgrounds to consider university, to smooth transition and improve their chances of success. As a result, many lives have been transformed, social mobility has been enhanced and more of our country’s precious talent has been developed.