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What We Do

We make sure all young people can achieve
great things with our unique online mentoring

Why We Do It

We believe that talent, not background,
should be the key to young people's success

How can we help you?

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I want to use my skills to mentor a young person.

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I want to run an online mentoring programme to help young people succeed.

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Latest News

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National Mentoring Day: Inspirational Volunteers

October 25, 2019
Alison Langley and her son Ryan explain why they are passionate about their roles as Brightside Mentors for National Mentoring Day.

The power of online mentoring

October 24, 2019
Brightside's CEO Anand Shukla explains the importance of online mentoring for today's generation of young people.

Five lessons from our impact audit

June 6, 2019
Brightside Head of Finance Rachel Pigott describes how an external analysis of our evaluation data is helping us to achieve our charitable mission to help young people.

How Moodle helps Brightside to deliver responsive, innovative e-learning projects

May 15, 2019
Brightside Content Editor Mark Taylor describes our newest e-learning projects and how free, open-source software helps us innovate efficiently.

Case Study

National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

Brightside is at the heart of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a government-funded programme which brings together regional partnerships of universities, colleges, local authorities, LEPs, employers and third sector organisations with the aim of rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education. We are proud to be working with a number of NCOP consortia across the country, matching over 3,000 young people with mentors so far. Our unique online mentoring platform is perfectly suited to overcoming many of the challenges young people face in certain areas, providing an impactful, flexible and cost-effective means of connecting students with information, advice and personal guidance regardless of where they live.

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Dr. Annalisa Alexander, Head of Outreach, Imperial College

I would definitely recommend online mentoring with Brightside to other universities. We have been continuously impressed by the innovation, service, and most importantly the positive impact this scheme has had on our mentees. It is easy to use, easy to recruit for and is a complement to the other widening participation activities that we run.


Professor Sir Leslie Ebdon CBE DL, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education 2012-2018

During my time as the government-appointed Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, I came to realise the vital role that mentoring plays in helping get students into university. In particular, the effective and efficient online mentoring that Brightside has pioneered has helped to motivate many thousands of students from non-traditional backgrounds to consider university, to smooth transition and improve their chances of success. As a result, many lives have been transformed, social mobility has been enhanced and more of our country’s precious talent has been developed.