Mentor Profiles

What We Do

A few of our mentors share their expertise, personal experiences and why they chose to get involved in our e-Mentoring Project.

Alice* – Veterinary Surgeon

Expertise

“I am a qualified veterinary surgeon who is taking time out of practice to do a PhD in tumour immunology. I am specifically looking at which drugs might help the immune system to fight cancer in human patients. Hopefully one day these therapies might also help animals too!

More about me

”At weekends I continue to work in small animal practice, as well as riding my horse and singing in a choir. I decided to become a vet at a young age, because of my love of animals and my interest in science. I didn’t know any vets or farmers (my family don’t like animals!) and making connections to secure work experience was a big learning curve for me. To be honest I found it a bit scary approaching people and asking to volunteer! I also didn’t know much about applying to vet school.

Why I chose to be a mentor

”I’d really like to help young people who feel they aren’t well connected enough to get the job they would like. Hopefully I can offer the advice that I wish had been given to me, to make their journey a little bit smoother.”

Laura* – Lecturer in Nursing

Expertise

”Before becoming a Nurse Lecturer I worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years. This was in a variety of settings but mainly within acute medicine, working with patients who had brain injuries, accident and emergency areas and even in a prison for a few years. I have long been interested in education particularly education of the future generations of nursing.

More about me 

”My aim is to make some small, humble changes for the future of the profession.

”I feel very lucky to have been a nurse and have such an amazing career, I didn’t grow up in a great area and I didn’t do very well at school, consequently I wasn’t expected to achieve or do well in the future. Working as a nurse was a privilege and I loved every minute of my career, on a more personal level I have gone on to study a Masters Degree and hope to study a PhD in the future.

Why I choose to be a mentor

”I’d like to help younger people by encouraging perseverance and determination, sometimes when others around may not have such faith – you need to have faith in yourself. You can achieve, despite many things in your life. I often wonder if my younger self would have predicted such amazing things in my future and it makes me realise that there are no limits.”

Victoria* – Mental Health Nursing Student

Expertise

“I am a third year student Mental Health Nurse currently studying in Wales. I have a passion for mental health, and nursing in general as I have experienced the amazing care that nurses provide in order to benefit the well being of every person.

Why I choose to be a mentor

”I love being involved in the mentoring project as I believe that many young people have the caring and compassionate nature that nursing requires, but may not believe in their own ability. I hope to help young people realise how able they are and that they can achieve anything if they work hard, focus and stay committed to their dream.”

Charlotte* – Physiotherapist

Expertise

”I’m a Chartered Physiotherapist, I currently work part-time for a private physiotherapy company. I specialise in treating clients with neurological damage such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis. I also work with elderly clients, including those who have fallen, or who are at risk of falls. Previous to my private work, I worked for the N.H.S for over 29 years, mainly with the same groups of clients in both an in-patient and out-patient setting.

More about me

”I can’t really remember why I chose physiotherapy as a career, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of my working life. I enjoy helping both patients staff and students improve, both physically and mentally. I have a qualification in Neuro-Linguistic programming; this is a series of techniques designed to enable individuals to develop new and better behaviours to cope with the challenges of every day life.

Why I choose to be a mentor

”At work I really enjoyed using my skills to mentor junior staff, so decided to join the Mullany e-mentoring programme. I’ve been a mentor for the programme for nearly 3 years, and find it interesting and challenging. ”

James*- PHD student

Expertise

“I am a mature student who took a rather drastic step in life when I walked away from my job in finance, following the diagnosis of a life limiting illness, to study Pharmacology as an undergraduate at the University of Bristol. I didn’t go to University after secondary education because I lacked the encouragement and guidance needed to discover my true passion: science!  Now I am completing my PhD at the University of Bristol as part of a Strategic Research Centre funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. My work focuses on understanding the most common cause of Cystic Fibrosis to help the development of new more effective treatments for the disease.

More about me

”Outside of academia I am an avid writer for a popular media website. I signed up to be a mentor so I could help those feeling uneasy about the future, regardless of their intended vocation.

Why I choose to be a mentor

”My greatest wish as a mentor is that I can use my own experiences to help guide and inspire someone to make the leap of faith to study at University.”

Lucy* – Medical Student

Expertise

”I’m currently a medical student in my 4th year at University of Oxford, and am really enjoying my course! I love learning about medicine and seeing patients in the days.

More about me

”It wasn’t long ago that I went through the process of applying to university and I remember being really nervous about the whole thing! I’ve wanted to study medicine for a while but I was the only person from my school applying and was unsure about so many things like where to apply, what the different courses meant and what to expect with medical interviews – there are so many myths!

Why I choose to be a mentor

”I’ve been a mentor for the Mullany Fund for the past 3 years and really enjoy being able to help and advise young people considering applying to university. I hope that I can help in explaining how the process works, give tips for work experience/interviews/revision, and provide an insight into what medical school (and university in general!) is actually like so that the process is a bit easier and less scary for someone else!”

*Names have been changed to maintain the anonymity of the e-Mentoring project.