Disability mentoring scheme

This 8 month mentoring scheme connects disabled LSE students with disabled LSE alumni who will act as mentors on an individual one to one basis.

What previous mentees have said:

I really enjoyed coming into the city and seeing my mentor in their place of work. It was highly motivating.

My mentor was really helpful, gave great advice and instilled confidence.

The scheme focuses on helping students with careers and disability related job-search/employment issues. This is not an academic mentoring scheme. Mentors support students with careers decision making, brainstorming, and strategising and can share their own experiences of being a disabled graduate entering the workplace. 

Mentees must be able to commit to a one hour meeting with their mentors once every three weeks. These meetings will take place at a mutually convenient location face to face. In special circumstances meetings may take place by phone or video call.

Key Application Dates 

Applications for 2020 will open in October 2020.

It is mandatory that selected mentees take part in the whole scheme which will run from October to mid-June. 

This year's mentors

Please note this is a selection of this year’s mentors and not the comprehensive list:

Anazia graduated from LSE in 2014, with a BSc in Accounting and Finance. She started her career at KPMG Corporate Finance in the M&A team, working on a range of transactions. She is currently a Corporate Business Development Manager at Comcast NBCUniversal working on M&A / Strategy and most recently on the Sky transaction. Anazia is looking forward to supporting her mentee through the process of choosing their career path and hope to offer advice/tips she has learnt from her own experiences.

Amena has a BA in English Literature from The University of Warwick and a Masters of Public Administration from the LSE and is currently working as an International Adviser with the Department for International Development. Previous experiences in government include working on Brexit; assisting the Minister for Pensions; and supporting the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on their digital agenda. Before undertaking her Masters Amena worked in Jordan for HRH Prince Al Hassan bin Talal whilst studying Arabic

Cormack is Events manager and Chief of Staff to a business founder. Entrepreneurial and has experience in marketing, finance, law and event management. Worked directly with CEO’s, founders, and top execs of high street names including Innocent, King Digital, Edelman and Shazam. Currently organising highly focussed workshops and tailored events at the LSE, helping businesses to reach the student market

Ed - After spending 4 years at LSE on a 3 year degree (euphemistically known as an ‘AU degree’ in his day) and, having learnt from previous failed applications, Ed disclosed his disability and joined the Civil Service Fast Stream, as a specialist Digital and Technology Fast Streamer. He spent over 7 years in the Civil Service, with roles in HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and FSA. Having spent nearly 2 years leading a team responsible for the digital transformation of the FSA, he was keen to broaden his horizons and build upon his skill sets outside of the public sector. He took up a position at a company director at a telecoms consultancy, and now leads the Operations team delivering fibre optics connectivity for large corporate real estate across the UK. In his spare time (which does occasionally occur!) he enjoys cycling, bouldering, sailing and socialising with a glass or two of wine.

Jo graduated from LSE with a BSc in Social Policy and started her first job at Amazon as an Investigation Specialist. She went on to accept an internship at LSE as an Intern in the Student Services Centre in March 2016 and in March 2017 was offered a job as Student Services Adviser. In July 2017 she joined LSE Careers as Student Enquiries Coordinator. Joanna is looking forward to becoming a mentor; passing on her experiences and providing support.

Kim studied BSc Economic history from 2012-2015 and MSc in Population and Development 2017-2018. She is currently working as a Research Associate at an investment management company (Wellington management) where she is currently covering / researching banks in Latin America. Before this she has worked as a management consultant for two years at PwC. Kim's motivations for participating in the mentoring scheme is because she was a participant during her time at LSE studying her masters and found talking to someone about her own disability really helped when her confidence was low. 

Lauren is a UX Designer at Accenture UKI where she designs technology solutions that are user-friendly. She did her MSc. in Social Policy (Research) at the LSE. She knows that transitioning from university to the workplace can be a challenge. She is happy to give advice on seeking accommodations in the workplace and helping her mentee find a job that supports a good mental, physical, and emotional balance.

Oli studied Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester before doing a range of jobs in the Third and public sectors. After ten years out of full-time education he did a MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the LSE. He then worked for a homelessness charity before joining the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2018 as a Policy Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care. Oli has had a diagnosis of anxiety and depression since he was 21 and has found being open about it within the Civil Service to have been an entirely positive experience. He hopes he can encourage others that the support is out there if they struggle with poor mental health and reassure them that having a diagnosis doesn't have to stop them pursuing their goals.

Olivia currently works as a management consultant at PwC London. Having read Politics at Durham and Organisational Behaviour in LSE, Olivia found out she loves to solve problems working with people. Since her diagnosis with Dyslexia and hip dysplasia, she is keen to be the sounding board and share her experience as much as she can to help those with similar experience.

Mark graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics. He joined the Shell graduate scheme, where he gained his CIMA qualification whilst undertaking a range of Finance roles in Aberdeen, London and Manila. He now works in an insuretech startup, providing reporting and insights to the board and senior management. Mark has bipolar disorder and was the Disabled Students' Officer on LSESU for a year. He is very keen to share his experiences, especially around disclosure and overcoming setbacks

Max completed his masters in organisational and social psychology, and is now working as a business psychologist in the banking industry. Max is currently a member of a specialist team within RBS. The Behavioural Risk team incorporate aspects of behaviour and culture into internal auditing, and investigate high risk areas across the bank. Previously, he was working as a research manager at HSBC. Max is also the author of the Darwinian Business blog, which applies evolutionary psychology to the world of business and is eager to help students establish their career path, and to also provide guidance when they need some support.

Melissa graduated in 2016 after completing her degree in BSc Business Mathematics and Statistics.  For the last three years she has been working in Shell predominantly as a Data Scientist.  In March 2019 she started a new role as a Digital Product Manager.  Melissa participated in the scheme last year as a mentor and is looking forward to continue helping fellow LSE students in any way she can.

Ross graduated in 2016 from the LSE Economic History department. He is now a qualified accountant and currently works as a management consultant at KPMG, specialising in Finance Transformation. He is a strong advocate in the workplace for wellbeing initiatives and flexible working arrangements. With experience in both private sector and public sector organisations, Ross hopes he can provide guidance using his experience in different teams.

Thomi graduated from LSE in 2014, with a BA in Anthropology and Law and in 2016 completed an MSc in Political Economy. Since graduating she has worked in two top tier American Investment Banks, in a variety of roles. Thomi is excited to meet and learn more about her mentee in order to support them in choosing a career path.

Tony is a London professional with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia currently working in one of the UKs top graduate schemes. Since graduating he has worked in a range of office based jobs in the public, third and private sectors. He knows full well the challenges neurodiverse people face in the modern workplace, and has had to overcome a number of these himself. He is happy provide advice and support others who have had a similar experience, and hopefully should have some useful strategies to help you negotiate through the recruitment processes of Britain’s pickiest employers.

Ellen graduated from LSE with a degree in BSc Actuarial Science on 2019. She is currently working as a Research Associate Analyst at an investment management firm (T. Rowe Price) within fixed income corporate credit. When studying at LSE Ellen got a place in Change 100 and got an internship working in Aon as an Pension Actuarial analyst in 2017. Ellen also worked at LSE in the Three Tuns and the student cafes. Ellen is taking part in the mentor scheme as she wishes she had this when she was studying and is looking forward to passing on her experiences and giving support as a mentor.


Applications for disability mentoring scheme 2019 are now closed.
Applications for 2020 will open in October 2020. 



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