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B-MEntor: cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds

Building on previously successful years, Queen Mary University is currently recruiting the next cohort of mentees and mentors for B-MEntor, the cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. It is being run in partnership with the University College, London, the London School of Economics   and Kings College London. It is a well-established programme which was shortlisted for two national awards in 2014: the ENEI Tapping into Talent award and the Race for Opportunity Developing Talent (Progression) Award.


Why is there a scheme just for BME staff?

BME staff are significantly under represented at senior levels in all four institutions and this scheme will help address these inequalities by:

  • Ensuring staff from BME backgrounds are supported to reach their potential
  • Helping to advance the careers of BME staff sharing information outside the usual networks and encouraging applications for promotion to senior positions
  • Reducing feelings of isolation for staff who do not work in ethnically diverse areas

The requirements for participation in this scheme are: 

  • Mentors: must be at Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professorial level. Mentors can be from any ethnic background.
  • Mentees: should be from post-doc to lecturer level and self-identify as being from a Black and Minority Ethnic background. i.e. not white European

We would particularly like to encourage staff of Black origin to join the scheme as they are under-represented as academics and researchers in QMUL overall.

The mentoring period will be approximately one year and a comprehensive training and support package is offered for all parties. The selection and matching of mentor and mentees will take place at the end of January and will be carried out according to needs, interests and research discipline of the pool available.

Provisional Briefing Date:

All new mentees and mentors can attend a briefing to find out more, if they are interested in the scheme. The briefing will take place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 in Scape 0.14, Mile End campus.

We would be very grateful to have all expressions of interest by Monday 3rd December 2018. Mentors and Mentees should complete the form here and send them to Sonal Bharadva,

What does it involve?

Mentoring is based on exchanging experiences, ideas and feedback between the two parties. It helps to promote understanding of formal and informal structures, enhances opportunities for staff to develop and build skills and knowledge and enables continuing professional development and personal growth.

What's in it for staff?


  • Fulfilment from facilitating personal development and encouraging others
  • Networking with like-minded colleagues
  • Assisting others along a path you have already been successful on
  • Advancing equality and diversity in higher education
  • Enhancing skills such as coaching and constructive criticism


  • Obtaining career advice and direction
  • Help with identifying and clarifying issues, problems and obstacles
  • Sourcing new ideas and practices
  • Gaining the opportunity for networking across a broader spectrum than provided by the day-to-day environment

Please contact me if you have any queries about this scheme. A full list of FAQs can be found on the B-MEntor web pages hosted by UCL:

Sandra Brown

Diversity & Inclusion Manager


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