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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute



Durham Students supported by energy leaders through Mentor Scheme

(15 September 2020)

Durham Energy Institute Advisory Board members, and other leading members of the energy sector, are lending their industry expertise to students at Durham and providing advice on finding employment within the energy sector. 

During the 2019/20 academic year 13 students and 7 DEI Advisory Board Members participated in the mentoring scheme which has been operating for 6 years. Henry Carr the Durham Student Energy Society President and an ex. Officio Member of the DEI Advisory Board managed the scheme with support from Advisory Board Vice Chair Mike Burrett.

Henry Carr, President of Durham Student Energy Societysaid:

“At Durham Student Energy we aim to develop the skills of young leaders in the energy transition, and the mentor scheme plays an integral role in doing so. The programme offers students the unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with an industry professional and learn from their experience of the sector.”

Students and their mentors are assigned at the start of the academic year based on the student’s requirements in terms of the mentoring support they are seeking. Advisory Board members identify the student they believe they can provide the appropriate level of support and once the introductions are made the mentoring participants develop a working relationship which in 2019/20 produced excellent feedback from students:

Feedback quotes

“This gave me a good insight into what a career in the energy sector could look like.”

“Being invited to attend networking events with the DEI board was very helpful”

As we approach the start of another academic year Henry Carr is currently developing a list of students who wish to participate in the scheme and volunteer Advisory Board Members will be provided with the list of students in order to identify students whom the mentor can best support.

The mentoring covers a range of areas and activities, from studies, industry advice, career choices and possible post graduate opportunities.

If you are a student who would like to join the Durham Student Energy Society you can find out more at

If you work in the energy sector and would like to join the mentoring scheme to support our students please get in contact with Durham Energy Institute at 

Student Energy Society at Durham University

DSES is working to educate and equip students at the university with the necessary hands-on skills and knowledge to succeed and contribute to change during the sustainable low carbon energy transition. The DSES works alongside the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) to provide students with a diverse range of interactive talks and workshops on the world of energy. 

DEI has been providing support to DSES since its inception in 2015 and has helped to develop exceptional links for the student group with the wider energy research community at Durham University but also to industry and policy stakeholders beyond the university. The DEI has also helped the student group to invite leading energy industry representative to Durham to speak to the students for its events programme