Mentoring Programme

By Bea Caballero • • 2 Oct 2012

Mentor/Mentee guidelines

We know that many have forged useful links through the annual conference, study days and other outlets we now provide.  However, we want to create a more structured way of connecting people who have specific tasks/projects they want to undertake with others who will be able to provide helpful advice on how to get started or move through a sticky part.

What is mentoring for the mentee?

This is not intended for the duration of a big project (for example a book or a dissertation), instead it is for smaller specific aspects of a project or particular points in your career where you may need some friendly advice from someone who has experience. For example, maybe you have applied for jobs without success, so would like someone to look at your CV or application letter. Or, you don’t have a specialist in your department to look at your grant application or book proposal. So, this is help with a distinct and carefully boundaried task, aim or project.

What does the mentor do?

We envisage that the time given by the mentor would be over a period of anything from a few hours in one day to several hours spread over a maximum of three months. These will be pre-agreed between the mentor and mentee.  We know that time is precious.

Who can be a mentor?

The mentor should be someone who has a careful eye and is open to giving friendly and helpful feedback.  You can be a postgraduate peer mentor or be at a more advanced stage of your career and be a mentor.  We will endeavour to match people up as best as we can based on the information the mentor and mentee gives.  This is about linking those in our organisation, but also about sharing our time and experiences.

We have provided more guidance precise for the mentor and mentee.