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Information for Mentors

Mentoring is separate from the line management chain.  The relationship with a mentor should however, benefit the relationship with PI/Supervisor. 

A mentor will not supplant the PI’s role or act as an instructor, tutor or personal friend. Instead the mentor will provide an additional resource and complement the relationships already developed within and outside the organisation. 

A mentor is expected to…

  • act as a sounding board
  • listen and challenge
  • question
  • provide professional and personal support
  • encourage independent thinking
  • keep to boundaries and principles
  • encourage their mentee to come up with their own solutions to problems
  • coach the mentee to make the most of their talents
  • build the mentees self confidence
  • act as a role model
  • be someone to talk to outside the line management structure
  • offer insights into the culture and values of the organisation
  • share their experience and expertise
  • give feedback
  • provide advice where possible and when relevant, indicate additional resources

We would love for you to take part in our pilot and just ask that you be aware of the following expectations regarding your role in the mentoring scheme.

I understand that the programme is mentee-driven and I shall responsibly respond to the mentee when scheduling meetings.

I understand that I will be a mentor with a mentee 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, the coordinator will inform my mentee.


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