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About Brightside: Connecting, Informing, Inspiring

Brightside is an education charity. We create, develop and manage online mentoring projects, and other online tools and resources.

Our vision is:

Of a world where all people are connected, informed and inspired to achieve their full potential.

Our mission is:

To use online technology to connect, inform and inspire more young people to achieve their full potential through education.

Brightside provides:

  • Ementoring – connecting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with an online mentor who can help them develop skills, gain confidence and explore their further and higher education and employment options
  • Teaching resources – supporting schools and universities to deliver engaging workshops about student finance, higher education and money management
  • Online tools – interactive games and resources about higher education, careers and money for all young people

Brightside is:

  • Expert – leaders in our field, experienced, respected, an authority on running high quality online mentoring projects
  • Trusted – creating safe and secure technology, a reliable source of information, and consistently delivering high quality support for our partners
  • Collaborative - working with a range of partners to create the best possible online projects
  • Evolving – finding innovative approaches to answer changing needs, encouraging and responding to feedback
  • Passionate energetic and determined to have a positive impact

About UKCISA

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

UKCISA's aims

  • To increase support for international education and raise awareness of its values and benefits
  • To promote opportunities for - and identify and work to reduce obstacles and barriers to - greater student mobility
  • To encourage best practice, professional development and the highest quality of institutional support for international students throughout the education sector.

UKCISA's Activities

UKCISA achieve their aims by:

  • Monitoring and influencing government and education sector policy through close contact with senior officials, policy makers, MPs, partner organisations and sector bodies throughout the UK.
  • Producing regular electronic and print publications which keep members and students up to date on current legislation, regulations and resources.
  • Delivering high quality advice line services (for both members and students/members of the public) and training which both assist with immediate areas of difficulty and contribute to greater professional expertise.
  • Supporting, sustaining and expanding a network of members committed to the ideals of international education and the highest standards of international student support.
  • Initiating and encouraging research which helps to identify key issues and areas for future investigation and development.
  • Working indirectly and in partnership with others to encourage greater mobility from, as well as to, the UK.
  • Ensuring, through support from Trustees, its specialist staff and effectively managed resources, that it delivers highly valued services for members and other stake-holders.