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Become a Career Mentor 

Play a crucial role in shaping a student or graduate's future

Our mentoring schemes offer alumni the opportunity to provide career advice and support to current students and alumni. 

Mentoring develops via remote contact over the academic year, giving participants time to benefit from their mentor's professional experience and knowledge.

Please note: Mentee matches are subject to student/alumni demand. 

We will be recruiting more mentors this summer. Let us know in advance if you'd like to take part. 

I'd like to be a mentor

What to expect from us 

Communicate with mentees over email, phone or video call

If we find you a match* you can expect:

  • to receive introductory online training from our Mentoring Team 
  • to receive ongoing support from the Mentoring Team, including check-ins throughout the scheme 

*Please note this is subject to mentee demand. 


Your commitment 

How much time...

If you are matched to a mentee, you will need to agree to our mentor agreement and commit to: 

  • compulsory online mentor training at the start of the scheme 
  • monthly mentoring sessions (over email or skype) with your mentee, ensuring they are making progress - around 1 hour per month 
  • providing feedback at the end of the scheme

Mentoring Schedule (student mentoring) 

If your application is approved, your profile will be made available for students to select in late October. From there, the schedule is as follows, with mentoring itself commencing in December: Mentoring timeline (student scheme)

The schedule for alumni to alumni mentoring can be found here


Hear from a current mentor 

Volunteer Sam Higginson mentor

Samuel Higginson

Food Science, 2016

Food Technologist,

Marks & Spencers

I offered careers advice and work placements to Jemima, as she was keen to gain as much practical experience as possible.

Their mentee's journey

Student mentee, Jemima

Jemima Willgoss

Food Science student

Seeking insights into the nutrition and food sectors

Sam help refine my CV and module selections, and organised a fantastic placement. I now have a clear plan of action post-graduation.
Read more about Jemma's experience as a mentee here

It doesn't matter where you are in life's journey, there's always something new to learn from somebody else's experiences. Mentoring enabled me to share my career experience, whilst also giving back to the University.
Graham Kill (Mining Engineering, 1987), Portfolio Director and current career mentor

Looking for a mentor? Find out more...


Alumni Relations

Portland Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2408
fax: +44 (0)115 951 3937