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Inside Strathclyde Making a difference in our community - MCR Pathways

Since 2015, Strathclyde has been partnering with MCR Pathways, a school-based mentoring programme which supports those in or on the edges of the care system to realise their full potential through education..

The charity twins carefully trained and matched mentors with care experienced young people in Glasgow secondary schools and there are now more than 1545 pupils benefitting from the programme.

More than 80% of care experienced youngsters leave school at 16 or before and are four times more likely to be unemployed than their peers. Only a tiny minority move on to higher education. Prior to the introduction of mentoring, fewer than half progressed to full-time employment, college or university. Now 86% of our mentored young people do.

Hear some of the young people on the programme talk about the challenges they faced in life and at school, and the difference their volunteer mentor made to each of them.

How staff can get involved

Strathclyde is proud to be a partner of MCR Pathways and fully supports any member of staff who would like to give something back and develop their own skills and expertise by becoming a mentor. All that’s needed is one hour of your time each week during school term- time. This is approved to be taken within working hours and travel costs to and from participating schools are covered by the University*. Volunteers would need to commit to work with the same individual for at least one year.

*These arrangements will only apply to this particular scheme.  

Idil Edes Gallop, a Teaching Associate in the Department of Economics and current MCR mentor said: "I joined the MCR pathways mentorship programme in January 2017, and it has truly been one of the most exciting and gratifying experiences of my life.

"I met my mentee in February of 2017, and since then have built a wonderful relationship with her over the years. She is growing up to be a strong and smart individual, and it is an amazing feeling to be part of her journey in life. Having moved to Scotland only four years ago, this mentorship programme has also allowed me to connect with Glasgow and feel part of the larger community, not only through my relationship with my mentee but also, through my shared experience with other mentors who are part of this excellent programme.


Watch the short film Mentoring Matters to hear first-hand the power of one-to-one relationships.

Find out more

Contact Morag McDonald if you'd like to attend or want to find out more about becoming a mentor.

Visit the MCR website for stories from other mentors and organisations and to register and find out more.