Mentoring is available to staff only.

People often ask me what the one big thing is that made a real difference in my career, and for me, the answer is easy. My mentor, Kwame Akuffo, has been instrumental in helping me test my thinking throughout my career."

Harbhajan Brar

Director of Human Resources

Imperial's mentoring scheme is available to staff working in job families and Faculties across the College.
Mentoring is a widely used development tool that has positively impacted effectiveness, confidence, and career advancement.
At the heart of mentoring is a relationship based on trust and mutual regard where one colleague uses their expertise and knowledge to support the development of another colleague.
Most mentoring occurs between senior and junior colleagues, although peer mentoring, where there are little or no differences in seniority, is also possible.
The mentee is encouraged and challenged to achieve their potential and aspirations through one-to-one confidential conversations. It can be helpful at all stages of a career.


what it is and is not

Mentoring provides a:

  • Safe space to explore options and plan future action
  • Place to be challenged and supported
  • Sounding board
  • Source of advice and guidance
  • New perspectives

Mentoring is not:

  • A substitute for line management or supervision
  • A shortcut to promotion
  • An alternative to Networking or friendship
  • Coaching
  • The role of an Academic Adviser