Birkbeck’s Mentoring Pathways celebrates a fifth successful year

On Monday 12 June, the Birkbeck Mentoring team was delighted to welcome back many of its participants to celebrate its fifth successful year. The event brought together many of the programme’s mentors and mentees to reflect on their mutual experiences.

Mentoring Pathways is a collaborative programme between Birkbeck and partners from the worlds of Business, Law and beyond, including long-standing supporters, Credit Suisse and PwC. This combination of Birkbeck alumni alongside corporate volunteers has developed into a talented, energetic, experienced and well-networked team of mentors to support Birkbeck students to further their skills and realise their career aspirations.

After a welcome address from Professor Philip Powell, Executive Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Informatics and Birkbeck’s Pro-Vice Master for Enterprise and Innovation, the group heard first-hand the benefits of the programme from a mentor, Elle Robinson, and mentee, Kimberley Mendsa. Kimberley, a part-time postgraduate student working towards her MSc International Business and Development, described how her mentor had helped her to form new networks and greater clarity about how to reach her long term goals:

“My mentor provided great insight into their organisation, helping me to explore opportunities, providing me with helpful feedback and offering support in relation to meeting the demands of a work-study balance. I would never have been able to stand up here in front of an audience without their support in growing my confidence”.

While many of the mentees also reported their mentees had helped them gain confidence and self-belief, Rose Devaney and Luisa Staley, who manage the programme, were also delighted to hear so many mentors feeding back that they have benefited as much as the mentees.

The Mentoring Pathways team would like to thank all those involved in helping the scheme to grow and flourish this year.

Applications for 2017-18 will open in Autumn 2017 and details will be sent to eligible enrolled students. If you would like more information or you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email Rose at

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