The benefits of mentoring can be substantial.  A planned and professional mentoring experience improves morale and accelerates individual effectiveness. It improves and builds self-awareness and confidence, and gives you an opportunity for impartial advice and information, encouraging reflection on practice.  Mentoring is a chance for you to learn from a role model and provides personal support and career development. Through mentoring, you can be helped to anticipate requirements, set goals and align yourself to realistic objectives.

Mentoring Schemes

Coaching and Mentoring are development techniques based on the use of one-to-one discussions to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge or work performance. There are a range of coaching options available for you, and currently a range Mentoring Schemes. 

Mentoring Schemes

Current mentoring offers are mentoring for new academic staff, mentoring for researchers and mentoring for support staff.

The Academic Mentoring Scheme has 2 strands:

  • New Starter Mentoring Scheme for staff new to Higher Education or to the University of Sunderland: this mentoring will cover developing academic practice and advice on the university’s systems and processes. You will be assigned a mentor within your first few months of joining the university.
  • Ongoing Mentoring for academic staff is suitable for topics such as career development, confidence building, and navigating managing a peer. You can request a mentor via the SUMAC system.

Researcher Mentoring Scheme:

  • An opportunity for academic staff to supported on a one to one basis by an academic collegue, usually someone with more experience in research and in a more senior position within the University. Your mentor is likely to be a developed subject expert and/or a successful research bidder.

Mentoring for Support Staff:

  • You can request a mentor during development discussions with your line manager and your line manager will arrange this.

Why become a Mentor?

Mentoring is a great way to develop people and you would be contributing to building a community of excellent academic practise at the university. There are benefits for you too in becoming a mentor, you would:

  • Share your knowledge and experience
  • Develop new skills
  • Learn from your mentee
  • Support your career development
  • Build your working relationships within and across faculties through collaboration

Support for you as a Mentor

If you are new to mentoring or an experienced mentor here are some materials to support your development and practice in mentoring colleagues.

Guidance and Principles for Mentoring covers the role and responsibilities of the mentor, key mentoring skills and model to use to ensure the mentoring is effective. It also includes information on the process for mentoring and an ethical code for mentors.

The Mentoring Agreement is used to agree and confirm the responsibilities in the mentoring relationship.

In addition to these resources Peer Learning sessions are running in October and November to help you develop your mentoring practice.  The groups will work case studies to explore best practice and are suitable for experienced mentors and those who are new to mentoring.  You can book onto these via ESS.

Supporting information and guidance for HEA Fellowship Mentors is available from CELT.

There is an e-learning module available for mentors if you would like access to this module, please contact who will enrol you on the module.

Support for Mentees

If you are being mentored you need to be aware of the expectations and responsibilities upon you as a mentee. Guidance for Academic Staff being Mentored outlines these so that you can get the most out of the mentoring relationship

This page was published on 10 October 2019