What is mentoring?

Mentoring involves one person providing support and guidance to another, in order to help them manage their own learning and development. Mentoring is rapidly becoming recognised worldwide as a highly effective developmental process for employees in many diverse organisations. To be most effective, mentoring needs to be a voluntary activity with the primary purpose of supporting the mentee’s learning and development. It is a relationship – rather than a management activity – that guarantees a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to learn.

The University-wide Mentoring Scheme is open to all University staff, regardless of job type or grade, who would like to be matched with another staff member.  This scheme aims to support the majority of people wishing to access mentoring, with a wide range of topics to choose from.  This Scheme operates at certain times of the year and, although mentors can sign up at any time, mentees can only sign up during the months of October and November 2017.  Matching will take place in December 2017, with people being informed of whether they have been matched by end of January 2018. To sign up as a mentor, please click here

Any enquiries regarding the University-wide Mentoring Scheme may be directed to OD&PL at


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Last updated: 07/12/17