A support network we are incredibly proud of.
Meet our Mentors
In Cambridge and Oxford, each of our programmes is managed by a senior, trained and experienced College Manager. Across all of our programmes, students are supported by Mentors, who share their own experience of studying at top universities with inspirational energy – we create a fun, safe environment in which our participants can thrive.
Meet some of our previous Mentors and College managers below.
PoppyMentorPolitics, Philosophy and Economics Graduate at the University of OxfordPoppy studies PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at Merton College in Oxford, where she was the Welfare Representative for her college last year. Having grown up in North Yorkshire, Poppy loves to hike and take in the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside when she's home from university in the holidays. Aside from walking, Poppy loves to bake and is an avid reader. She has begun playing cricket at University, which she has found a fantastic hobby when the weather is good enough!
"I've really enjoyed getting to know my 'mentor family' and seeing them really quickly make friends with each other and see how much they're enjoying the programme. They were loving it from day one, with rave reviews about the classes and the subject matter that they've been learning, which is great to see!
JemMentorStudying Medicine at the University of OxfordJem is a medical student at Somerville College, Oxford. Having come from Cambridge, they have experienced the perks of living in both famous cities. Their extracurricular interests include playing guitar, badminton and participating in the university eSports team.
Personally, I'm someone who really likes to interact with other people and gets energy from that. It's great to be helping students to experience a town that I know really well, I chat to participants on a daily basis and make sure that they're okay and having a good time, as well as showing them around the city that I love - being their guide to the hidden coffee spots that only Oxford locals and students know about!
Lily-MaeMentorStudying Chemistry at the University of OxfordLily is a Chemistry student at New College, Oxford University, where she is the Captain of the Women’s Rugby Team and has recently represented Oxford at Twickenham Stadium. Originally from Kenya but currently living in South Africa, Lily has lived at boarding schools in England since 11. In her free time, Lily enjoys a wide range of water sports and is a keen scuba diver.
"I think one of my favourite things about working with as a mentor has been getting to know all of the participants and getting involved with all of the activities that are really enjoyable things to do. All the participants are really lovely and really nice to chat to and I've enjoyed giving them advice on how to apply to university"
FreyaMentorStudying Medicine at the University of OxfordFreya is a third year Medical student at St John's College, Oxford University. She is a keen runner and cyclist and has recently enjoyed taking up college rowing. Freya is originally from Manchester and went to school in Altrincham before coming to Oxford. Outside of her studies, Freya loves travelling, getting involved with different sports and keeping up the French she learnt at school.
"I've really enjoyed seeing how the participants have really been willing to get stuck in with the activities or class sessions, and how much they've really benefited and grown from the programme. It's been really nice to see a lot of the kids who are maybe a little shy at the start really grow within themselves and start to think about what their futures could be like"
SophieMentorStudying Economics and Management at the University of OxfordSophie is an Economics and Management student at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, where she is the president of the St Peter’s Ball, a trained peer supporter and the disabilities rep in the JCR committee. Sophie is originally from London, where she grew up and went to school. In her spare time Sophie enjoys playing college sports and organising team socials, baking, and painting.
"I like to see Immerse as a 'mini university' because participants come onto the programme and study these more complicated subjects, with people they aren't familiar with from different places, and it's like an introduction to university life, especially because they get to meet university tutors and experience university-style classes, which is really lovely"
about our Mentor team
I have enjoyed everything, especially talking with people as well as getting to know the mentors, they’re so cool! I’ve learned so much about applications and universities and just how normal these students are – they’re not different from us, even though they study at Oxford or Cambridge.
The mentors are people just a few years older than the participants, who each have cool stories to share. They are the smartest and most chill people that can help you with tips about college applications and also make you cry from laughter with their college experiences. They will guide you through your experience and will help you with anything you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you tell me more about the residential Mentors?The participants are nurtured and cared for by our experienced mentors and college managers who are current undergraduates or postgraduates studying at the University of Cambridge and Oxford. The Immerse mentors are there to ensure that participants are able to get the most out of the programme, and provide participants with additional support in their chosen subject so that they leave Immerse feeling confident about their academic future.
What training do the Mentors receive?The wellbeing of participants is at the forefront of everything we do. Our mentors receive Safeguarding and First Aid training and are on hand to offer support and friendship to all participants. They truly understand the challenges and pressures that participants face and are happy to share their own advice and experience. Our resident summer team, together with college personnel supervise the site 24/7. Our locations are all safe environments and all members of staff undergo extensive security and safety checks, including UK Government Enhanced DBS checks.
What is a Mentor 'Family'?During your time on an Immerse residential programme, you'll be allocated a Mentor 'Family', which will consist of a group of approximately ten other students from all over the world - and your mentor. Within this family, you'll create memories, and share your experiences.
Learn directly from expert academics from world class universities
You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. Our small class sizes average seven students.