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Information for Mentees

Mentoring is a process for helping someone develop in their current job and also for the future. 

  • A mentor is a person who offers support and guidance to another; an experienced and trusted counsellor or friend (Oxford English Dictionary)
  • Mentoring is help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking (Megginson and Clutterbuck, Mentoring in Action)

 It is often characterised by: 

  • Focusing on the overall development and aspirations of the mentee
  • The relationship being professional and also, to some extent, personal
  • Mentees sharing whatever critical issues impact their professional and personal success.
  • Being a long term relationship between the mentor and the mentee
  • The employee’s manager is not a critical partner in the mentoring process

 Through the mentoring process, we would like to promote a culture where:

  • all members of staff feel empowered and supported to ask others for mentoring support
  • all members of staff feel open to supporting others' development through mentoring

Our aim is to provide you with all support and resources that you need in order to work with a mentor (and make the most from it).

A mentor can offer the right kind of support for you if YOU are:

  • willing to take responsibility for your goals
  • willing to reflect on what you want out of the relationship
  • willing to seek out and identify who would be the best mentor for you
  • able to commit to driving the relationship forward

And want to learn and develop by working with someone who can:

  • provide feedback
  • help them find their own solutions, but provide some advice and expertise
  • help develop specific skills

The relationship between yourself and your mentor is two-way and you bear equal responsibility for making it work effectively. Both of you will gain and learn from the work you do together and you will decide together how it will work and what you will cover.

 As a mentee you are expected to:

  • Be prepared to drive the mentoring relationship forward and take ownership of your learning
  • Identify your development goals and decide how you will work towards them
  • Agree and commit to a schedule of meetings
  • Prepare for meetings, and undertake any agreed actions
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the relationship

Participation in the mentoring scheme means you must commit yourself to the following:

I understand that the programme is mentee-driven and it is my responsibility to make contact with, and respond to my mentor in a timely way.

I understand that I will be a mentee with one mentor assigned to me. The relationship is 1:1, and is confidential.

I understand that providing prompt feedback to the Mentoring Coordinator at the end of the mentoring programme is an essential part of my responsibility.

If I feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed by any situation, I will contact the Mentoring Coordinator for assistance.

If for any reason I wish to withdraw from participating I will contact the Mentoring Coordinator to discuss my reasons. Where I cannot, she will inform my mentor.

I understand that if a mentor is not the right match for me, I can re-apply for another mentor in the next round of the programme.

For more information or if you have further questions, please email


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