Manchester Gold Mentoring

Applications for Manchester Gold are now closed.

Manchester Gold has been withdrawn pending a relaunch of the programme in early 2020. However, you can continue to connect with University of Manchester alumni at any time through our Ask Me About programme.

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.

You will build a mentoring partnership with your mentor. They will help you to 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 two mentoring programmes per year. All students can apply for the Autumn and Spring programmes.

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 do not know what industry or job roles you would like to work in, you are still welcome to apply, but must make this clear on your application.

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 and choose a mentor through the Manchester Network. Please note, 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.

How to apply

Applications for Manchester Gold are now closed, however you can connect with alumni at any point throughout the year via our Ask Me About programme.

If you have any questions about mentoring, please email

Advice for applicants

Please ensure that you complete the application form in its entirety and click 'submit' once completed. 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