Mentors can be a catalyst - enriching career and personal development

Applications to become a mentor through the Activate Mentoring Programme have now closed for the 24/25 academic session.

Applications from Imperial staff, alumni and PhD students who can offer experience, insight and guidance to support the aims of Activate are most welcome.  

Mentoring is a relationship based on trust and mutual regard where one individual uses their expertise and knowledge to support the development of another.  Becoming a mentor and completing the dedicated training programme will contribute towards your continuing professional development and you will be able to: 

  • Use evidence from your mentoring experience towards Associate/Fellowship of Advance HE   
  • Expand your professional and cultural perspective and professional networks 
  • Receive recognition for your involvement in a programme of strategic importance to College 
  • PhD students who become mentors will be paid the GTA higher rates of pay for their time 
  • Share your experiences with other mentors and mentees through group cohort activities 
  • Join part of a community of mentors and mentees who will be part of the programme.

Expectations

Activate is a flagship mentoring programme and all mentors are required to complete the mandatory training set out below (further details will be sent to accepted mentors in due course):

  • Unconscious Bias (online, self-paced), by 31 August 2024
  • Safeguarding (online, self-paced), by 31 August 2024
  • Introduction to Mentoring for Mentors (online, self-paced), by 15 September 2024
  • For mentors supporting Minority Ethnic mentees: Safe conversations (online, in-person), 13.00 – 14.30 11 September 2024 or 13.00 - 14.30 25 September 2024
  • For mentors supporting disabled mentees: Mentoring students with disabilities (online, self-paced), by 30 September 2024

We also expect all mentors to be available for 6 meetings with their mentee between November 2024 and June 2025.

If you are returning to mentor through Activate and you have already completed the training, you do not need to complete it again.  However, you are encouraged to take the training by way of refresher at least once every two years.  If you have completed Unconscious Bias and Safeguarding as part of the Imperial Essentials training, you do not need to take these courses again.

Questions for mentors

Expectations for the Mentoring Programme

As a mentor you will be expected to:

  • Support students to enhance their academic and professional development
  • Engage with our training and development programme 
  • Participate in our networking, community and development opportunities
  • Commit to 6 meetings with your mentee, during a period of about 6 months 

Who are the mentees?

  • Minority Ethnic PhD students (with any fee status (Home/EU or Overseas))
  • Recipients of Imperial's Scholarships for Undergraduate and Master’s level students of Black heritage (Home fee status only).
  • PhD students with disabilities
  • Recipients of Imperial's Master's Scholarships which support disabled students

How mentors will be supported

As a mentor, you will receive a comprehensive training programme which includes: 

  • Mentoring skills and approaches 
  • Practicalities of the mentoring role and Activate Mentoring Programme 
  • Unconscious bias training  
  • Safeguarding training 
  • A tailored workshop specifically for the mentoring stream you have joined

How will you be matched with a mentee and how will your partnership be supported?

 

  • As part of the application process, you will be invited to describe what you can bring to a mentoring partnership, your experiences and skills. This will be shared with mentees who will then select a mentor who best fulfils their needs.
  • There will also be regular confidential “check-in” meetings which provide an opportunity for you to let us know if you have any concerns or worries and to check your partnership is working well.

Activities and Events for Mentors in 2024/25

Please save these dates in your diary:

  • Unconscious Bias (online, self-paced), by 31 August 2024 
  • Safeguarding (online, self-paced), by 31 August 2024 
  • Introduction to Mentoring for Mentors (online, self-paced), by 15 September 2024
  • For mentors supporting Minority Ethnic mentees: Safe conversations (online, in-person): 
    • 11 September 2024 | 13.00 – 14.30 | Option 1
    • 25 September 2024 | 13.00 - 14.30 | Option 2
  • For mentors supporting disabled mentees: Mentoring students with disabilities (online, self-paced), by 30 September 2024
  • March Mentor "Check-ins"
    • 10 March 2025 14:00 – 15.00 | Option 1
    • 12 March 2025 13:00 – 14:00 | Option 2
  • 15 May 2025 | 13.00 – 14.00 | Mentee and Mentor Cohort Activity (in-person)
  • 2nd July 2025 | 17.00 – 18.30 | End of programme celebration | In-person, South Kensington Campus