Brightside: Prepare for HE

Today we launch a new online mentoring programme to support the current generation of Year 13 students and mature learners who are facing unprecedented hurdles in their transition to university.

Designed to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, Brightside has mobilised a coalition of nine higher education institutions and UniConnect consortia in a national programme which will support students in their network of schools and colleges throughout England. The programme will:-

motivate students to retain their university places through increased preparedness and reduced disruption

increase students’ confidence and excitement about their future university life

deliver trustworthy, organised and personalised support and reassurance to students, helping them to navigate the challenges of unexpected developments and uncertainty

offer students continuity and effective transition, in the outcome of a ‘closed campus’ scenario in September

maintain an adaptable and flexible approach, to suit an evolving landscape and the specific and imminent needs of individual mentees

Mentees will:

develop their coping skills and be able to deal with setbacks and overcome challenges

build a sense of belonging and feel nurtured

understand and tap into the support networks available to them

maintain their motivation for their chosen subject and institution

feel prepared for changes in learning styles at university

increase their understanding of what to expect from university study and life

become empowered to make confident and informed decisions

For further information about the Brightside: Prepare for HE programme, please contact Anand Shukla:

“We know the real sense of anxiety and dislocation which students are facing because of Covid-19. The Brightside:- Prepare for HE national programme has been designed to provide personalised, tailored support to students whose usual sources of information, advice and guidance have been torn up. I am delighted at the huge interest from Brightside mentors to support students in their transition to university, and am excited by the potential of the programme to provide meaningful support for students throughout this unbelievably challenging period.”
Laura Gray, Chief Executive, Brightside

“I know this is a difficult and uncertain time for those who want to go to university this autumn, but no student’s future should be put on hold because of the coronavirus. I’m delighted to see the Brightside mentoring programme supporting young people as they transition to university in these unusual circumstances. This help and reassurance will be invaluable to these students empowering them to make the best decisions.” Michelle Donelan MP, Universities Minister

“We are delighted to be working with Brightside, providing students with expert support from across the UCAS team, as they prepare to start their undergraduate course. Our survey results show that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to have had their higher education preparation adversely affected since the coronavirus outbreak, making programmes such as Prepare for HE even more important for their transition to university. Relevant and timely information is crucial for anyone applying, and we’re continuing to enhance our advice for the wider applicant community, particularly through the UCAS Hub, to ensure messages are relevant and personalised for students’ individual and diverse circumstance.”
Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, UCAS


Brightside is proud to partner with: The University of Chester, The University of Surrey, FutureHY, Greater Manchester Higher, Grows, HEON, HeppSY, Make Happen, Study Higher and UCAS