Alumni Leadership Mentoring

This is a unique one year opportunity to learn from Birmingham alumni mentors who are experts in their field and want to help you succeed after graduation!

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is an opportunity to receive one to one advice and guidance from a professional working in your chosen sector. A mentor shares their knowledge, skills and experience to help you progress in you career.

It is about more than giving advice, it’s about motivating and empowering and helping you to understand yourself and your aims – and how you can get there.

Benefits for you

It’s a unique opportunity to challenge yourself and reach your potential by receiving invaluable feedback from extremely knowledgeable mentors.  

  • Gain real insight into a sector and a management role within this
  • Establish a professional relationship whilst still at university
  • Sound out your ideas and goals
  • Meet fellow students with a similar strive to succeed after graduation

You apply in your penulimate year and if successful receive one to one mentoring support during your final year to help you with the tranisition from graduation to employment. 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

How to apply

Open to undergraduates in their penultimate year. Plus medical and dental science students in their third or fourth year. 

The application process is split into two parts:

1. Application form – you need to submit your application form by Midnight Sunday 8 May 2016. 

2. Interview – if you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview.

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Drop-in sessions for application support

We will be all around campus until the deadline of 8 May, including a few locations where we will be offering support on your application form. If you would like some advice, pop by one of the relevant sessions given below. If you are unable to attend, check out our Canvas course: Top tips on being successful with your application. 

  • 26 April, 12pm to 1.30pm, Muirhead Tower foyer area (Application support drop-in from 12pm to 1pm)
  • 27 April, 1.30pm to 3pm, Computer Science foyer area
  • 28 April, 12pm to 1.30pm, Shell Lounge, Mechanical Engineering
  • 29 April, 12pm to 1.30pm, Mason Lounge, Arts
  • 3 May, 12pm to 1.30pm, Muirhead Tower foyer area (Application support drop-in from 12.30pm to 1.30pm)
  • 3 May, 6pm to 7pm, Wolfson Common Room, Medical School (Application support drop-in from 6pm to 7pm)
  • 4 May, 12pm to 1.30pm, Learning Centre foyer area
  • 5 May, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Biosciences Undercroft

Key dates

  • Deadline is Midnight Sunday 8 May 2016
  • Interview training is week commencing 23 May (Date and time TBC)
  • Interviews take place: 1 to 8 June for non-medical mentors and 29 to 30 July for medical mentors. 

Please note for year in industry, year abroad or intercalated year students we will conduct skype interviews and will confirm that date and time of this nearer the time. 

Timeline for applicants

  • Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 8 May 2016
  • Shortlisting takes place: 9 May to 18 May
  • Shortlisted candidates invited for interview: 19 May to 20 May
  • Interview training: week commencing 23 May (date and time will be emailed if you are shortlisted)
  • Interviews take place: 1 to 8 June for non-medical mentors and 29 to 30 June for medical mentors. 
  • Outcome of interview: for non medical mentors we will try to notify you by 20 June. Please note some mentors may make the final decision themselves so time is allowed in case a mentor is out of the country. For medical mentors most decisions will be made by 8 July but allow until 18 July for similar reasons. 


Timeline for mentees

  • Mentees to provide a short biography to send to mentors by 12 September. 
  • Group mentee induction: week commencing 3 October (date and time confirmed nearer the time)
  • Mentoring occurs from October 2016 to June 2017
  • All mentees to send regular progress updates and blogs throughout the programme. 
  • Celebration event occurs in July 2017. 
  • Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 8 May 2016

Meet the mentors  

mentors by sectorAll of our mentors are proud to be Birmingham graduates who have gone above and beyond to reach their goals in order to be the best in their field. This is a chance for you to gain priceless advice from alumni who understand what it is like to be a student here at Birmingham but also have the wealth of professional experience to share. 

See below for the full list of mentors this year, where you can choose your top 3 mentors when completing your application form. 

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: CEO at Boyd's
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.


AlanDaveyAlan Davey

Current position: Controller at Radio 3
BA, English, 1982
Expertise: Drama, Theatre Arts or Music, Arts and Arts Management.


Andrew GarnerAndrew Garner

Current position: Executive Search and Career Management Consultant
Course: BCom, Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1965
Expertise: Relates to all disciplines and interests in leadership, management and networking


Andrew Vallance-OwenDr Andrew Vallance-Owen

Current position: Former Bupa Group Medical Director and Bupa Foundation Deputy Chair
MBChB, Medicine, 1976
Expertise: Medicine, careers in the health sector and trained surgeon.

Barry CockcroftDr Barry Cockcroft

Current position: Retired Chief Dental Officer, currently non-executive director at UK Corporate provider of dentistry ‘MyDentist’ 
BDS, Dentistry, 1973
Expertise: Dentistry, dental hygiene, biomedical materials science and other health related courses.


CillaSnowballCilla Snowball CBE

Current position: Group Chairman and Group CEO, AMV BBDO
BA, French, 1981
Expertise: Creative careers – advertising and communications. 


Baroness Doreen MasseyBaroness Doreen Massey

Current position: Labour Peer in the House of Lords and member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe
PGCE, Education, 1962; BA, French Language & Literature, 1961
Expertise: Social Work, Social Policy, Education or Languages and careers in health, social care, policy or campaigning.  


Jane LodgeJane Lodge

Current position: Non-Executive Director and former Partner, Deloitte
BSc Geological Sciences, 1976
Expertise: Consultancy, business management, international careers, manufacturing and leadership positions. 


Ian-MinardsIan Minards

Current position: Product Development Director, Aston Martin
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Engineering, product development and manufacturing.


Louise BarnesLouise Barnes

Current position: CEO, Crew Clothing Company
BCom, French, 1986
Expertise: Enterprise, business management, product/brand development and marketing.

Luciana BergerLuciana Berger

Current position: Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree and Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health.
BCom Commerce with Spanish, 2004
Expertise: Politics, Government, International Relations, Social Policy and environmental and energy policy.


Lucy Baldwin photoLucy Baldwin

Current position: Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BSc Economics, 2004
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management. 


PatienceWheatcroftBaroness Patience Wheatcroft

Current position: Working peer and company director
LLB, Law, 1972
Expertise: Journalism, economics or politics.


PhyllidaLloydPhyllida Lloyd CBE

Current position: Director of plays, opera and film
BA, French, 1981
Expertise: Drama, Theatre Arts or English, careers in theatre, film or television.


Rowan Hillson photoDr Rowan Hillson MBE

Current position: National Clinical Director for Diabetes 2008-2013
MBChB, Medicine, 1974
Expertise: Medicine, nursing, diabetes and careers in health.


Sarah-coxSarah Cox

Current position: Director, Cabinet Office
BCom, Commerce, 1988
Expertise: Politics, Social Policy, economics and business management.


SimonHalsey(MatthiasHeyde)Simon Halsey

Current position: Chorus Director, City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses
DMus, Honorary Degree, 2008
Expertise: Music and choral careers. 



almp-steve-fieldProfessor Steve Field

Current position: Chief Inspector of General Practice, Care Quality Commission
Medicine, 1982
Expertise: Health care sector. 


Tamsin GreigTamsin Greig

Current position: Actress
BA, Drama and Theatre Arts, 1988
Expertise: Creative careers in drama, theatre and the arts. 



Valerie Hughes-D'AethValerie Hughes-D’Aeth

Current position: HR Director, BBC
BCom, Commerce, 1981
Expertise: HR, management, leadership roles and/or construction management 


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