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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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New partnership to help young people build essential skills

March 20, 2019
We’re excited to be joining the Skills Builder Partnership, which brings together educators, employers and other skills-building organisations around a common language and approach to help young people develop eight essential skills they need to succeed.

Brightside and the Gatsby Benchmarks

March 4, 2019
For National Careers Week, Brightside Project Manager Chris Mattinson explains how our mentoring projects can help schools to meet the Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

Joint statement on the Evidence and Impact Exchange

February 28, 2019
Brightside and other social mobility charities welcome the announcement of a new 'What Works Centre' to promote access, success and progression in higher education for underrepresented groups of students.

Joint statement by the Russell Group and social mobility charities on the dangers of a university funding cut

February 22, 2019
Brightside has issued a joint statement with the Russell Group of universities and seven other charities about funding cuts and a cap on student numbers.

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.