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New UC3M mentor programme for students with disabilities


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has launched a mentor programme involving 20 students with disabilities with the aim of boosting their talent and preventing them from abandoning their studies. This initiative is being carried out in conjunction with the Spanish Mentor Network and Inserta Empleo, the ONCE Foundation organisation for training and job management.

Nuevo programa de mentoring de la UC3M para estudiantes con discapacidad

This programme offers students with disabilities the chance to meet professionals who also have a disability, to share experiences and tactics to overcome any obstacles they may face. In order to do this, at least one meeting will be organised each month, either in person or online, throughout the academic year. 

The first step in this programme is inviting students with disabilities to participate if they meet the requirements (they must be enrolled on any undergraduate or postgraduate course at the UC3M and have a recognised disability). On the other hand, the mentors are professionals put forward by Inserta and who have knowledge and experiences that may be useful to others and that they are able to share. 

Within the framework of this initiative, students and mentors will be regularly monitored throughout the programme, also includes communication and training sessions, the use of working tools and the exchange of best practices in mentoring and an evaluation at the end of the activities. 

The programme is part of the Social Inclusion and Social Economy (POISES, in its Spanish acronym) and the Youth Employment (POEJ, in its Spanish acronym) operational programmes, which the ONCE Foundation is developing through Inserta, co-financed by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, to increase the training and employment of people with disabilities.

More information:

UC3M Mentor Programme for university students with disabilities

Inserta Empleo Website