Department of Education

What is a mentor?

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who can act as a guide for you at work or university. They could be a member of staff or a student.

A mentor is different to a line manager or a friend. They are not able to help you with social or personal problems, but could help you carry out a certain task or activity related to work or your university course.

A mentor can also help you manage other support mechanisms that you might need. For example, they could show you:

  • How to manage your DSA.
  • How to mange and prioritise your workload.
  • Information or activities that will help you complete your education or do well in the workplace.


Universities or workplaces may have disability mentoring schemes in place. You should speak to your tutor or line manager to find out what they offer.


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