Mentoring for physics students

18 May 2021


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In partnership with Brightside, we have launched a 6-week mentoring scheme for 2021 to help physics students adapt to life at university. We are recruiting England-based Y13 students who wish to take part in this mentoring scheme.

“In my first year doing physics at UCL, I had a really good transition mentor who helped me settle in and gave me useful advice. I want to return this favour to the current Year 13s, especially during such a tough and uncertain time. I hope I can do my best to keep up their morale and prepare them as much as I can for their degree.”
2021 mentor who took part as a mentee last year

The transition to university always brings new challenges and the current COVID landscape brings particular difficulties. This mentoring scheme is designed to help make the move easier for Year 13 students planning to study physics at university this Autumn.

The scheme will provide online mentoring for up to six weeks – likely from June until mid-July – and will pair school students with university physics undergraduates (where possible at their first choice universities) to offer advice on settling into university, study skills, and keeping up your physics knowledge ready for the new term.

“I was a mentee last year and found it so helpful before coming to uni.”
2021 mentor who took part as a mentee last year

You can find out more about the platform that will be use here.

Mentees will receive training (roughly two hours, online) on how to use it before the mentoring programme begins.

We especially want to support widening participation students (low socio-economic/first in family) who will most benefit from this opportunity.

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Please remember that all resources will be made available to all potential first years, regardless of background; however, the number of mentors is limited. Where possible, we will try to match future first years to mentors currently studying at the same university, though this will not always be possible.

Not everyone is guaranteed a mentor. Successful mentees will be able to spend roughly an hour a week engaging with their mentor, and The Ogden Trust will look to match students with mentors from 25 May.

Please get in touch with if you have any questions.

All data will be gathered, processed and stored in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (2018). Personal data will be shared with our mentoring platform partner Brightside, and only used for the purposes of contacting you in relation to this programme. If you have any questions about our data protection policies or our use of your data, please contact

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