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

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

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Latest News

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Bridge Group report into geographical inequality

February 12, 2019
Brightside's online mentoring is featured as a means of tackling challenges to progression to higher education for disadvantaged young people in rural and coastal communities in new research from The Bridge Group.

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.

Case Study

National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

Brightside is at the heart of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a government-funded programme which brings together regional partnerships of universities, colleges, local authorities, LEPs, employers and third sector organisations with the aim of rapidly increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education. We are proud to be working with a number of NCOP consortia across the country, matching over 3,000 young people with mentors so far. Our unique online mentoring platform is perfectly suited to overcoming many of the challenges young people face in certain areas, providing an impactful, flexible and cost-effective means of connecting students with information, advice and personal guidance regardless of where they live.

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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 complement to the other widening participation activities that we run.


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.