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Mentoring for physics students

Published: 20 May 2020

In partnership with Brightside, we have launched a brand new 10-week mentoring scheme to help physics students adapt to life at university. We are recruiting England-based Y13 students who wish to be assigned mentors for our mentoring scheme. We had over 250 mentors apply, so are hopeful of supporting a large number of prospective physicists.

The transition to university brings new challenges and, with the schools currently closed, this year has particular difficulties. This new mentoring scheme is designed to help make this move easier for Year 13 students planning to study physics at university this Autumn.

The scheme will provide online mentoring for up to 10 weeks – likely from the end of May until late 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.

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.

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 you with mentors from 22 May, with an anticipated start date of 25 May.

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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