Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the ParliaMentors Programme? How does it work?
ParliaMentors is a leadership programme that equips the next generation of leaders with the skills, experience, and networks they need to advance their careers. We do this by bringing together undergraduates and postgraduates from different faiths and non-religious backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to be mentored by MPs, whilst creating social action projects with the help of NGOs, and to develop skills and networks through expert-led events.
- How much does it cost?
There are no costs to join the programme, and we will reimburse you for your expenses. All costs that are necessary for participation in the programme will be covered, including travel expenses. For non-compulsory events we may not be able to cover all costs, but this will always be communicated to participants.
- How long has the ParliaMentors Programme been running?
The programme has been running since 2007, and has won a number of awards including the prestigious UN Award for Intercultural Innovation
- What University Year do you have to be to apply for the ParliaMentors Programme?
You can be in any year of study in your course, but you must be a student for the academic year 2016-17.
- Do I need to be a UK citizen to apply?
You do not need to be a UK citizen to apply, but you do have to be a student at a UK university for the academic year 2016-17.
- What are the Programme dates?
Induction begins in early September and the programme concludes with a Graduation ceremony, which is typically in mid-June
- When is the deadline for applications?
25th March 2016.
- When can I expect to hear back after my application has been made?
We will contact all applicants after we have reviewed all applications. If your application is successful then we will invite you to an interview in London in April. In extenuating circumstances we may accommodate Skype interviews. We will let all applicants know whether they have been successful by mid-May.
- How many interviews are there during the selection process?
There is just the one interview, following the submission of your application. There will be a group assessment and then an individual interview, but this will take place on the same day.
- How long does the ParliaMentors Programme last?
The programme runs alongside your university course, following the academic year from September – June
- Would I be able to fit my participation in the programme around my University work?
We understand that students have a lot of academic and extra-curricular activities which are important to them and the structure of the programme takes this into consideration. You will be able to plan your project yourself helping you to take your own time pressures into account. Previously, we have found that the flexible nature of the programme means that you can fit it around your other commitments.
- I live outside of London; how many times will I have to come to London for the programme?
Most participants come to London for events 3-4 times during the course of the programme. Though you may be invited to other opportunities throughout the UK and abroad you are not obliged to partake in these.
- Can I withdraw from the Programme once it has begun?
Once recruited, we expect students to abide by the statement of commitment which includes remaining on the programme for its duration. This is because each student leader is an integral part of a small but powerful leadership hub; any withdrawals will have a significant impact on this hub. In exceptional circumstances only, we will accept a withdrawal, subject to liaising with the programme co-ordinators.
- Do we get to select the politician we work with?
Participants are not able to choose who their mentor is, but we do make every effort to match participants with mentors from across the political spectrum and within the campus constituency.
- Do we each get our own Mentor?
You will be mentored in small groups, not individually.
- How many times do we get to meet our Mentors?
You will meet with your mentor a minimum of 3-4 times. These meetings can be anything from one hour to a whole day of activities.
- What kind of projects can we do? Do they have to be faith related?
It is up to you what kinds of social action project you plan, they do not need to be faith-related. We will supply you with guidance for your projects and will ask you to submit project proposal forms for us to review and approve.
- Would we receive training in order to implement our project?
Yes, we run expert-led training events throughout the programme to help equip you with the skills you need to implement your projects
- How and where do we receive funding for our projects?
You will have a start-up budget, and you will be reimbursed for any relevant expenditure, by us. You will also receive support to apply for further funding for your work.
- Does our Project have to be based in the UK?
Yes, as this is the best way we can provide you with the support and training you need to implement these projects
- How many times will I meet with my group?
We expect you to meet with your group around once a week during term time. Some groups choose to meet up more frequently than this, or their project may require periods of frequent contact, and then some longer gaps between meetings. The demands of your project and the type of project you choose to do will dictate to some degree the regularity of your meetings.
- Do we get to meet other ParliaMentors?
Yes, you will be able to interact with your fellow ParliaMentors at the Induction leadership residential in September and at regular training sessions, along with any other opportunities you choose to attend in the year and afterwards as a life time Alumni member of a growing network of global leaders.
- Can I mention ParliaMentors on my CV?
Yes! This experience will greatly enhance your CV and help you stand out when applying for jobs in the future. Our Alumni have secured exceptional positions around the world across leading industries.
- Would staff at ParliaMentors provide us with a reference?
Of course, just liaise with the programme coordinators who will provide you with a reference.
- Do you get a qualification or a certificate?
You will receive a certificate upon graduating from the programme.
- Can we participate in other leadership programmes?
You can, although we do expect our students to commit fully to the programme, and the more you put in, the more you get out. It may prove difficult juggling various leadership programmes alongside your academic work.
- What are you looking for when recruiting for ParliaMentors?
ParliaMentors celebrates difference, and as such we welcome a diverse range of students to apply. However, in general we are looking for ParliaMentors who:
- Identify with a particular faith or non-religious belief
- Are interested in working with people from different backgrounds
- Already have some leadership experience and are looking to take this to the next level
- Are interested in bringing their campus and local community closer together
- Have an interest in British politics
- Aspire to be a political or community leader
- Are proactive and committed to making the most of the whole programme