Careers Service

Manchester Gold Mentoring

The Manchester Gold Mentoring programme has been running for over 15 years and is highly regarded by both mentors and students. You will choose your own mentor and be in contact with them over a six-month period. You will need to dedicate around 2 hours per month to this mentoring programme, to ensure that it is a worthwhile experience for both you and your mentor.

Your mentor will build a mentoring relationship with you, helping you achieve your mentoring objectives, which might include:

  • Gaining an insight into different roles, organisations and sectors
  • Developing skills (communication, relationship building, organisation)
  • Networking and making new contacts
  • Learning how to market yourself, through CVs and applications
  • Getting advice on assessment centres and interviews
  • Exploring your options for the future

We run three mentoring programmes per year, you can apply for the Autumn, Spring and the Finalists programme, if you are eligible.

Please note that we cannot always guarantee a mentor for each applicant. We do always receive many more applications for Manchester Gold than we have available mentors, particularly for certain sectors.

How does it work?

The first step is for you to complete the Manchester Gold application form. On this form, you will be asked about your reasons for wanting a mentor and what industry or jobs roles you are interested in.

If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to a compulsory information session, where you will receive full training on our mentoring programme.

After attending this session, you will log on to the Manchester Network to choose your mentor. Manchester Gold mentors are only be visible to students who have attended an information session.

Once you are accepted by a mentor, your 6 months mentoring partnership will begin. You will be required to make initial contact with your mentor and lead on the partnership.

Mentoring can take place over email, phone, skype or in person. Once you are matched to a mentor, it is compulsory for you to arrange 2 ‘meetings’ with your mentor in the first two months of your partnership. We prefer that you meet with your mentor in person, but if this is not possible, then over skype or telephone is acceptable.


Manchester Gold Autumn and Spring programmes are open to current undergraduate students, Masters students and doctoral researchers. The Manchester Gold Finalists programme is open to final year, undergraduate students only. You can apply for all three programmes if you are eligible.

How to apply

Applications for Manchester Gold Autumn will open here on the 24 September 2018 at 12pm and will close on the 15 October at 12pm.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email

What should you include in your application?

Please provide us with a few examples of job roles or industries that you are interested in pursuing. Ensure that your application is thorough and contains no spelling or grammatical errors.

Applications are assessed based on your motivations for wanting a mentor, the quality of your application, and the availability of mentors.

Manchester Gold Strands

Manchester Gold has specific strands for students who may wish to ask additional questions in the context of their employability. These include strands for:

  • LGBT+, for mentees who consider themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary or people questioning their sexual orientation.
  • BAME, for mentees from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • A Disabled strand, for mentees who consider themselves to have an impairment, cognitive difference, or long-term health/medical condition.
  • First generation, for mentees who are the first generation in their family to attend University, discounting any siblings who may have attended university.
  • Doctoral researchers, for mentees who are doctoral research students at any stage in their degree.

Further information on how to select a mentoring strand will be provided during the compulsory information sessions.

If you are already registered on the Manchester Network, and/or you have attended a previous information session, you must still apply for Manchester Gold this year.

Manchester Gold – key dates

Manchester Gold Autumn
September 2018 Applications open
October 2018 Compulsory information session for successful candidates
November 2018 Mentoring starts
April 2019 Mentoring ends

Manchester Gold Spring
January 2019 Applications open
February 2019 Compulsory information session for successful candidates
February 2019 Mentoring starts
July 2019 Mentoring ends

Manchester Gold Finalists
June 2019 Applications open
June/July 2019 Compulsory information session for successful candidates
June/July 2019 Mentoring starts
November 2019 Mentoring ends