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About the organisation

Project Access to Top Universities

Project Access is a charity that aims to unlock top universities for disadvantaged students through online mentorship to bring systemic change to the sphere of university access. We connect prospective applicants with current university students from similar backgrounds who are studying the subject that the applicant wants to study. This current student then mentors the applicant to help them navigate the application process and increase their chances of securing a place.

Pay it forward! Your university has opened many doors for you, now help open the door for others and become a mentor for an applicant who is applying for university. As a mentor, you’ll provide your mentees with encouragement, application feedback and advice for an hour a month throughout the application process. It’s a minimal time commitment that can make a real impact on someone’s future – we think that’s worth doing!

Role Aim: 

As a mentor, you’ll provide your mentees with encouragement, application feedback and advice throughout the application process. We encourage applicants to do as much reading as possible and provide them with a range of resources to go through beforehand so that your mentee gets all the basic information outside the mentorship, leaving you to focus on the things that can’t be learned through reading. It’s a minimal time commitment that can make a real impact on someone’s future – we think that’s worth doing!

Duties: 

As a mentor you’ll talk to your mentee once a month. This will let you get a sense of their aspirations and what they’re hoping to do to reach those. You’ll develop both coaching skills and mentoring skills, as well as more subtle things like time management and setting the right expectations.

Skills needed: 

You need to be a friendly, patient, able to show compassion and good at managing your time (though we will help you with the last part).

Training: 

We do in-person training at all our campuses prior to starting the role.

Location: 
Online
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
It is up to you and your mentee to decide what times and days you hold your online mentorship sessions.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here