Get out, stay out: how to thrive in work

I designed this scheme for the University of Birmingham in 2012. We started with a pilot of three students rising to 26 in 2016/17. The aim is to match students with ‘out’ employees across a range of professions. Now administered by the Careers Network, some 50 students have been mentored in the last 5 years.


What’s it for?

Primarily, the scheme is to help students think through their coming out strategies in the workplace. Specifically it’s to help:

  • Build confidence
  • Have ‘unfiltered’ conversations with people who have been there and done it successfully 

How I can help

  • Recruiting mentors
  • Building a marketing and publicity plan
  • Working with the students’ union as partners
  • Advice on making a business case to fund such a scheme
  • Publicising a scheme to potential students and staff
  • Making the best use of feedback from participants to inform policy and practice

For more details see the mentoring scheme website.

If you are interested in setting up a similar scheme at your University or college, get in contact with me at:


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