Significantly up-scaling mentoring relationships

Engineering Leaders Scholarship Mentoring

Widening Participation
Career Mentoring
Professional Body


The Royal Academy of Engineering has been running the Engineering Leaders Scholarship (ELS) programme for nearly 30 years, supporting undergraduate engineering students in UK higher education institutions who demonstrate not only a passion for engineering but also the potential to become leaders and innovators in engineering and role models for future generations of engineers.

The award provides successful candidates with £5,000, to be used over three years, towards career-related personal development, dedicated training events, the support of a mentor, as well as many other community benefits.

Aim of the Program

The ELS programme is awarded to outstanding engineering undergraduates studying at universities around the UK. The scholarships enable ambitious undergraduates, in engineering and related disciplines, to undertake an accelerated personal development programme that will help them to gain the necessary skills to become engineering leaders soon after graduating. The programme supports the Academy's goal of creating a world-leading, truly diverse and inclusive engineering workforce.

As part of this programme, the undergraduates are provided with support from an Academy mentor. The mentoring programme aims to enable mentees to find mentors who can provide the support they are looking for, keeping administration to a minimum whilst ensuring the information on the progression of the relationship is easy to track and access.

Our Solution

We worked closely with the Royal Academy of Engineering to identify the key matching criteria that they wanted mentors and mentees to input onto their profiles, including industries of interest and areas of support. The aim was to keep the information required to be input to a minimum, whilst ensuring that the key areas where support might be required were covered.

The platform provides mentors and mentees with the tools they need to organise meetings, record meeting notes and actions, and to set and track goals for the mentee to work towards.


The platform was launched in June 2022 and the automated matching process has proven to be very valuable in helping reduce the administration burden of manual matching. As a result of putting the platform in place we have been able to significantly upscale how many relationships we have been able to facilitate. The platform has proven to be easy to use and had good engagement from mentors and mentees from day one. The platform offers to match mentees across a wide range of areas of support, but the most popular areas reflect that the mentees on this programme are highly ambitious, looking for support in early career development, leadership expertise, start-up experience and in holding a senior role at an early age. So far, we have had 89 mentors register, 71 mentees register, and 52 mentoring connections formed to date.

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