DMU Dare To Be Mentoring scheme has been launched

By Holly Hume

The ‘Dare To Be Mentoring’ scheme is getting underway at De Montfort University to help black, Asian and ethnic minority students, run by Baroness Doreen Lawrence, the Chancellor of the university.

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At an event held at the newly-launched campus centre, the Baroness addressed students and staff.

She said: “Mentoring is so important.

“We always need mentoring, no matter what we’re doing in life. I would not have been able to achieve what I have without my tutors.”

The mentoring scheme is aiming to address the academic attainment average gap between black, Asian and ethnic minority students, as there is an unacceptable difference in the marks given to white students and those in an ethnic minority.

The Baroness has been Chancellor of the university since 2016 and was appointed OBE for her “services to community relations” in 2003, before being made a Life Peer in 2013.

Doreen Lawrence is the mother of Steven Lawrence, a black teenager murdered in a racist attack in South London in 1993. She went on to found the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Vice-chancellor of DMU Dominic Shellard said at the event: “It is our moral duty to deal with this. This is about the ability to be free to achieve.”

Several students have leapt at the opportunity to receive mentoring throughout their university life.

DMU has also released its new equality and diversity charter, including points on freedom to be, freedom to inspire, and freedom to succeed.

The university is well known for its racial and religious diversity, while applications nationally from EU students to study in the UK have dropped, DMU has seen a 30% increase

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