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Personal Mentoring

“Who you know, not what you know”

Students of the Academy of Cyber Security be enrolled onto the Academy mentoring programme, where each student will be paired with their own personal mentor. 

The mentors at the Academy of Cyber Security consist of exceptionally well connected and experienced cyber security professionals. It’s a diverse team consisting of over 80 cyber professionals, all willing to donate their time to help Academy students.

Each member of the Academy of Cyber Security is matched with their personal mentor before the course begins. Members and mentors will meet once every fortnight to discuss all things employment and study.

  • Leverage your mentor’s mature network within cyber security
  • Receive impartial feedback on your studies and work to date
  • A personal relationship outside the academy to help you through the course
  • Coaching on interview preparation and techniques
  • Coaching on CVs, LinkedIn, and networking

Your mentor will be highly connected and will likely be a senior employee at a current cyber security organisation. Mentors will have a main goal of ensuring their designated Academy members are employed within 12 weeks of graduation. 

Higher Learning, Higher earning

Discover the benefits of a personal mentor

A successful mentoring relationship can be life changing. 
Are you ready to meet your personal cyber security mentor? 

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Your mentoring team includes exceptionally talented, experienced, and connected cyber security professionals. They’ll be with you from the start ensuring you fulfill your potential so you can land your dream cyber security job.

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Emin Caliskan

Head of Mentoring

Emin is the Founder of Cyber Transform, a successful career advisory organisation which has helped hundreds of students find their place in the cyber security sector.  Also an exceptionally talented cyber security expert and trainer, Emin brings his valuable experience and know-how to the mentoring team. 

John Philliban

Senior Mentor

Air Vice-Marshall John Philliban was the former Chief of Staff of The Joint Forces Intelligence Group and former Head of Cyber & C4ISR.  John is currently Senior Directing Staff at The Royal College of Defense, educating and mentoring some of the world’s most influential leaders.

Bryan Littlefair

Senior Mentor

Bryan was the former Global CISO of Vodafone, leading a team of 2,500 staff. Bryan currently acts as a board advisor to Santander, HSBC, AstraZeneca, Post Office and several other FTSE50 organisations. With over 20 years in teh indsutry, Bryan is exceptionally well-connected.

Dr. Andrea Cullen

Senior Mentor

Andrea authored and ran the GCHQ cyber security masters degree for Bradford University. She is a founder member and Director of the Cyber Security Interdisciplinary Centre (CSIC) at the University of Bradford and continues to work on joint projects with colleagues within computer science and cyber security. 


A free to attend online school for primary and secondary school pupils. Includes live and online, instructor-led classes alongside homework assignments. 

Please go to for more information. We hope to have the school up and running by, or before, the 30th March.