Mentoring for Staff

Mentoring Programme: Developing You - Developing a Culture of Openness, Flexibility and Co-operation

In its broadest sense, mentoring describes a relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) to develop specific skills and capability that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

Download a copy of our Mentoring Handbook.

The traditional mentoring model is a formal one-on-one relationship. The University continues to provide this one-on-one mentoring service as part of its wider mentoring programme. This programme recognises that mentoring also occurs informally with our peers, in groups of interest and with line managers or other senior colleagues. Some examples are provided below.

Mentoring in all guises is recognised as an effective professional development activity, assisting with achieving goals, career development, managing relationships, developing leadership and in personal growth.

Mentoring Programme

Mentoring groups

These can either be one person providing advice to a group or a group of mentors and mentees.

Activity examples include:

  • Professional development workshops
  • EEO coaching groups - e.g. Goal Setting; CV development
  • Special interest forums
  • Teaching advocate groups in Faculties

Peer conversations

Members provide knowledge and guidance to each other. A group may form around a single issue that needs to be addressed.

Activity examples include:
  • Women Professors Group
  • Gender Research Network
  • Special interest forums
  • Teaching Network
  • Postgraduate Supervisors' Conversations

One-on-one mentoring

Individually tailored mentor and mentee for specific developmental purpose, problem solving, etc.

Activity examples include:
  • Formal University mentoring service
  • Line manager coaching/mentoring of staff member
  • Teaching mentoring/coaching
A mentoring activity is deliberate and sustainable and will exist for as long as people are drawing value from it.

We are keen to develop a database of mentoring staff across the University and plan to run some mentoring workshops to develop staff with suitable expertise to become capable mentors. Watch this space for details.

For further information or to express an interest in becoming a universty staff mentor please contact [email protected] or phone extension 9930.