Mentoring Scheme

Mentoring is the critical role and responsibility assumed by an experienced employee who agrees to help, build a relationship with, and facilitate the professional growth of one or more colleagues.


For the mentee, mentoring can be a ‘career friend’. Mentoring might suggest the sponsorship of a junior colleague by a senior colleague, or be seen as a relationship amongst equals in which someone is helped to develop themselves by a member of their peer group.

Being mentored can:

–reduce the stress of transition to a new role
–speed up the learning of a new job or set of skills
–promote the socialisation of new staff
–increase productivity –increase motivation, confidence, and reflection
–help to articulate issues in a conscious and thoughtful way
–provide a way of seeing through difficulties

Matching Mentors & mentees

To become a mentee, please attend a mentoring training session and then you can contact prospective mentors listed on the 'Mentors' web page.  If you would like some support with choosing a mentor or setting up a first meeting, please get in touch with Michelle Bingham or your RSA and they will be happy to help.

To become a Mentor, please attend a mentoring training session and complete the Mentor registration Form

Mentors and Mentees agree to follow the principles outlined in the CLS Mentoring Checklist

Mentoring training

This is a pre-requisite for the College Mentoring Scheme.

The session will explore:

- the definitions
- the benefits
- where can mentoring help?
- how to enhance its effectiveness 
- establishing initial expectations
- the dynamics
- putting partnerships into place

Departmental Research Staff Advisors

Dr Nina Storey (Molecular and Cell biology)
Dr Georgina Barnett (Cardiovascular)
Dr Nicola Royle (GGB)
Dr Sarah Chew, Dr Shona Argarwal (Health Sciences)
Dr Galina Mukamolova (Respiratory Sciences)
Dr Caren Frosch, Dr Jaime McCutcheon (NPB)
Dr Natalie Lazar-Adler (CBS)

Questions regarding mentoring training sessions or the mentor database may be addressed to Michelle Bingham

For additional Mentoring Resources, please see the corresponding pages developed by the Academic Practice Service

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