LLB Law final year student Dania Al-Bayati was awarded one of the Mentee of the Year awards at the National Mentoring Consortium’s (NMC) annual awards ceremony, hosted by Sport England on Wednesday 1 May.
Dania was nominated by Paul Haines, a Senior Lawyer at HMRC, who mentored her during her time on the NMC Mentoring Scheme this year. The scheme aims to promote equality and diversity in graduate recruitment and to enhance the employability of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students.
The University has a long history of working in partnership with the NMC who have provided our students with opportunities to be mentored by individuals from employers such as the Civil Service, HMRC, DWP, Fitch and Sport England amongst many other organisations.
The annual NMC award ceremony brings together mentors and mentees to celebrate the success of their mentoring relationships. Individuals are recognised for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the scheme through the NMC Mentee and Mentor of the Year awards.
Speaking about her achievement, Dania said: “The mentoring scheme has been an exceptional journey for me as it allowed me to develop my professional skills. My mentor Paul has been generous with his time and shared his knowledge and wisdom which has inspired me to become more diligent. I am so grateful for the opportunities the scheme has opened up for me and I urge talented Westminster students to apply next year.”
Her mentor, Paul, also spoke about his experience as a mentor for the first time: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor on the scheme. Dania had real curiosity, motivation and global outlook and I was pleased to help her with things like CV writing and interview skills, to facilitate work shadowing in HMRC and to share my insight into what it’s like to be a lawyer. I wish Dania and all mentees every success in their future training and careers.”
One of the NMC Mentor of the Year awards was also presented to Mark Leckie from HMRC, who mentored second year LLB Law student, Danyal Maruf. Mark was recognised for his outstanding efforts as a mentor, constantly going out of his way to support his mentee and arrange additional opportunities such as mock interviews and work experience.
Since 2010, the mentoring schemes offered by the Careers and Employability Service have supported, inspired and enabled students and recent graduates to significantly develop their skills for the workplace and increase their employability. Mentees have benefitted from being connected to professionals for a long-term mentoring relationship, gaining an insight into the working world and the confidence to take their next steps in their graduate career.