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Dare to Be Mentoring


Dare to Be is a mentoring scheme open to all DMU students. 

The scheme matches DMU students with a trained mentor in order to help students develop:

  • Confidence
  • Self-belief
  • Motivation

At the heart of the scheme is a focus on attainment: supporting students to do well in their studies and reach their full potential.

How does it work?

Students attend a preparation briefing and experience mentoring in a small group setting. We then go on to match student mentees to a trained mentor for one-to-one mentoring.

Matches are made based on the skills students want to develop and the expertise and interests of our mentors.

Who are the mentors?

Dare to Be mentors include DMU staff, alumni and honorands. Mentors come from a range of backgrounds and work in diverse roles across DMU and beyond, but one thing they have in common is the desire to support students.

Success stories

Dare to Be mentoring has been successful in matching over 100 mentees and mentors so far.

The feedback we receive is extremely positive: 100% of our mentees in 2018/19 would recommend Dare to Be mentoring to a friend.

“My mentor helped me recognise good things about myself that I wouldn’t have done alone.”

Emily, Biomedical Science student

"My mentor has the experience of being a student at DMU as well as becoming a member of staff, but still studied part-time so he could easily relate to me."

Innocent, Biomedical Science student

“I’m realising there’s nothing wrong with looking for help.”

Dobrawa, Animation student