Mentoring scheme success for University

The unique programme matches individual staff needs to the skills of other colleagues from across the University so they can provide the necessary support.

It is the first time a mentoring scheme of this kind has been open to all members of staff in a Higher Education Institution.

The University advertised for volunteers who would be willing to mentor colleagues. Special training was provided for those who put themselves forward and the University now has around 90 mentoring relationships in place.

Mentors and mentees have 10 hours of time to meet over a 12 month period and identify goals they wish to work towards.

Dr Debra Cureton, of the Institute for Learning Enhancement, said: “We have had some really positive feedback since the scheme began both mentors and mentees report that they have developed new skills, are more motivated and productive, feel valued and now have higher levels of job satisfaction. Participants in the scheme also comment on how mentoring has promoted a greater sense of well-being."

Staff can become a mentor or mentee, at any stage of their career with the University and do not need experience of being mentored or of being a mentee to join the scheme.

Further information

For more information please contact Emma Kilvert in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003.


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