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What We Do

We help young people to make confident and informed
decisions about the future through 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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5 things we learned through our DataDive with DataKind UK

September 8, 2021
Head of Impact Louise Jones explores 5 things we learned through our DataDive weekend with DataKind

3 ways online mentoring can support your outreach work

August 11, 2021
Head of Impact Louise Jones examines three ways that online mentoring can support outreach work, drawing on stories from our 2021 Impact Report.

Brightside Collaborative National Programme for Young Refugees September 2021

May 19, 2021
Brightside, with support from Refugee Education UK, have developed a 1:1 mentoring programme to support young refugees aged 16-26 in the FE college system as they navigate these unique and complex set of challenges with their next steps.

Brightside announces changes to the Board of Trustees

December 8, 2020
Brightside founder & Chair of the Board of Trustees, John Berry, will be stepping down from his role at the end of this month after an amazing 18 years and having supported well over 140,000 young people.

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.