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The third element of the project takes the form of a mentoring scheme. This will involve one-to-one meetings with our mentors. These meetings will offer mentees specific advice on career planning and development in relation to specific career paths within their domain of expertise. The mentors will be directly involved in the selection of the mentees.

Mentors' Profiles

Emma has over seven years’ experience in strategy, policy analysis, public affairs and communications.  Emma took up her current role at the University of Roehampton in September 2012, following three years as Policy and Communications Adviser to a Westminster-based advocacy group.  Prior to this, she held press and communications roles at a local authority and at BMW. Emma’s specialist policy areas include higher education and schools, teacher training, heritage and planning.

Emma holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Exeter. She is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner project manager and a graduate of the Common Purpose ‘Navigator’ Leadership programme.

In her free time, Emma acts as voluntary PR adviser to a new charity, Learning Through Horses, and is an active member of the Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) network.  She was a School Governor for three years and has volunteered extensively in youth support and youth mentoring roles.

Stephen works in liquidity risk management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch looking at the implementation of new liquidity standards. Prior to this, he worked at the Confederation of British Industry leading on a range of areas including competition policy, intellectual property, the creative industries and energy efficiency. He also worked for a shadow minister in Parliament. Stephen has a BA Hons degree in Modern History, Economic History & Politics from Royal Holloway, as well as an MSc in European Politics & Policy from Birkbeck.

Bernard Aryeetey is Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs at Shelter

Bernard Aryeetey works as Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs for the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. There he is responsible for ensuring that the organisation runs politically impactful campaigns founded on strong, credible policy, research that builds on Shelter’s experience and advice services, and political intel and insights that steer winning campaign strategy.

Previously Head of Government Relations for Save the Children, Bernie was at the heart of successful campaigns to maintain Britain's aid commitments during the economic downturn and helped secure services to prevent some of the world's poorest children dying from preventable illness and malnutrition. Bernard has also worked with World Vision, the Commission for Racial Equality, and YouGov. Bernie studied at the University of York, LSE and Birkbeck College.

How to Apply

To apply for the mentoring scheme please submit a two-page CV as well as a 500-word statement explaining how, given your current professional role, you expect your career would benefit from your participation in the mentoring scheme. In addition please explain how your current role and future ambitions relate to one mentor’s area of expertise.

To apply for the mentoring scheme you need to be an undergraduate finalist or postgraduate student in the Department of Politics.

Please submit your application to

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If you require any further information please contact the Project Lead, Dr Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos at