Most mentoring occurs between senior and more junior colleagues, although peer mentoring, where there is little or no differences in seniority, is also possible.

Through one-to-one confidential conversations, the mentee is encouraged and challenged to achieve their potential and aspirations. It can be useful at all stages of a career.

what it is and is not

Mentoring provides a:

  • Safe space to explore options and plan future action
  • A 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