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Can you Inspire a young Chemist?

13 Oct 2023

We are currently recruiting mentors with a background in chemistry (or related fields) to support, challenge and inspire pupils as they envisage and plan their progression into higher education. Mentors will inspire mentees to plan their futures with confidence and investigate the possibility of Chemistry as a basis for their career. Please contact

Coronavirus: Face-to-face meetings with mentees suspended until further notice

16 Mar 2020

Drawing on the advice of the University of Strathclyde we are advising as a precautionary measure that all face-to-face meetings with mentees should be suspended until further notice. For those working on the ‘Help a learn to read project’ this will mean stopping visits to schools.  For those working on the access to higher education […]

Briefing for mentors – Strathclyde Engineering Academy

12 Nov 2019

Intergenerational Mentoring Network (IMN) Briefing for mentors Strathclyde Engineering Academy What is the Academy? The Engineering Academy is a programme that offers an alternative route into studying engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Strathclyde has several engineering courses ranked in the UK top 10 see ). (A similar scheme operates in Edinburgh which we […]

Can you help a child or young person?

11 Nov 2019

Our project currently needs to recruit volunteer adult mentors. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to weekly or fortnightly meetings to support a young person.

In the news: Universities lower entry bar for deprived-area students

19 Feb 2019

The exam results needed for a place on some of Scotland’s most prestigious university courses are to be lowered for those from disadvantaged areas.
Applicants from some backgrounds may get into Edinburgh University with lower grades under new entry standards.
But getting the minimum grades will not guarantee a place, only take students over the threshold to be considered.
Applications would be considered based on a “range of factors” as well as grades earned, the university said.

BBC Alba features a story from the Intergenerational Mentoring Network

29 Oct 2018

A fantastic programme documenting how older and younger generations are bridging the societal gaps of modern living is on tonight. Tune into BBC ALBA at 9pm to see Hassan and Jim from the Intergenerational Mentoring Network discuss the benefits of working together across generations. Available to view on iplayer.  

Research based evidence and how to spend Scottish Attainment Challenge or Pupil Equity Funding

09 Oct 2018

Scottish schools that are currently in receipt of funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge or Pupil Equity Funding are in the position of trying to source interventions ‘…targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap’. The National Operational Guidance 2018 provides information for schools on how to source appropriate interventions and in the ‘Scottish Attainment Challenge: Learning & Teaching Toolkit’ provides specific advice on the effectiveness and cost of 34 different interventions. However as schools seek to engage with different new projects and providers how reliable is this research informed advice?

Developing new mentoring projects

06 Oct 2018

We are currently expanding our project and supporting new mentoring initiatives throughout the UK.

Mentoring from a Headteacher’s Point of View

05 Oct 2018

Liz Ervine, Former headteacher of Springburn Academy, talks about the impact of mentoring, how schools and headteachers can support the mentoring process, and what it is like being a mentor now that she has retired.

New research shows that volunteering can help keep older adults’ minds sharp

06 Nov 2017

An interesting article on the benefits of mentoring and potential impact on cognitive functioning…

Katie Hunter wins award for her research

06 Oct 2017

Katie’s research and development work with the project has been vital since the project started in Springburn Academy. She has won the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Impact Knowledge Exchange Competition 2017. The award recognises the ways in which Katie’s research has helped shape the development of our project and impacted on the the […]

Help a child learn to read – new opportunities for mentoring

02 Oct 2017

An exciting development of our mentoring work is to now support younger children in primary school. In particular we are developing a new project with Knightswood Primary School which will involve recruiting mentors to support children learning to read.