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

Finding A Mentor

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To become a mentee, please attend a mentoring training session and then you can contact prospective mentors listed on the 'Mentoring Database' or the 'Mentors' web page. On the database you can use search terms (by topic, job type or department) to find a mentor.  We have mentors from all backgrounds including academia, research and professional services.

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.

E-mail any of the mentors on the database if you would like them to act as your mentor. See 'Suggested e-mail text' below for a suggestion on the text you could use.

Suggested e-mail text

'Dear Colleague,

I have identified you as a prospective mentor on the College of Life Sciences database. I am looking for support in (mentee to add criteria) and would like to arrange a first meeting to discuss these further. Would you please suggest a convenient time and date?

I look forward to hearing from you."

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


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

If you wish to attend the next session, please complete the mentoring training registration form or email

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

Departmental Research Staff Advisors

Dr Nina Storey , Dr Cyril Dominguez (Molecular and Cell biology)
Dr Veryan Codd (Cardiovascular)
Dr Nicola Royle (GGB)
Dr Sarah Chew, Dr Shona Argarwal (Health Sciences)
Dr Dave Cousins (Respiratory Sciences)
Dr Ben Warren, Dr Sarah White (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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Contact Details

College of Life Sciences
University of Leicester
Maurice Shock Building
University Road