WHY BECOME A MENTOR?
It’s a minimal time commitment that can make a real impact on someone’s future – we think that’s worth doing!
WANT TO HELP US FIGHT INEQUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION?
Learning potential is equally distributed, but access to top academic institutions is not. Together, we can fight these inequalities by passing on all our hard-earned lessons to the next generation of prospective applicants and help those who would otherwise rarely apply to, gain admission for or succeed at top universities.
When you sign up as a mentor, we’ll keep you in our database and provide you with a set of guiding materials. When a prospective applicant asks for help, we match you via email so that you can share your story, exchange tips, and give feedback on their application. We match people with similar backgrounds and academic interests so that you can truly act as a role model to your mentee. We provide you with the platform, background and information you need – as well as ongoing support. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming, but we promise it will be rewarding.
What our mentors say
My mentee worked extremely hard, and I hope she found my tips useful! We exchanged numerous emails and had a couple of phone calls. My hope is that one day she returns the favor and becomes a mentor herself. I would wholeheartedly recommend becoming a mentor - I think most of us have received encouragement, support and tips from others while applying - now is the time to give back!
It is inspiring to see motivated people work hard towards their goals, turning to Project Access. As a mentor, it's also a great way to reflect on your own journey: You see very clearly what you have learnt, how you have changed, and the ways in which your current life relates to the choices you made when you were in the position your mentees are in now.
All the applicants I've had have been very hard-working, ambitious and talented. It is amazing to see how much they do in so many different areas, both academically and outside the school. Not only is it fascinating and uplifting to learn about their stories and ambitions, but it also makes me appreciate more all the opportunities that studying at Cambridge has given me, and it motivates me to really make the best of it!
How it works
You sign up to be a mentor and enter our database of amazing mentors.
We do a tonne of outreach activities and find a cohort of passionate applicants!
When an applicant signs up that matches your profile we send you a quick email to check if you’re available.
Bam! You’re matched, and have the opportunity to support a super keen applicant through the application process.