We recognise the importance of mentoring to support career development for all members of staff. Mentoring is encouraged and valued without being obligatory within our school.
Academic staff can request mentoring specifically for career development or for support with promotion.
We are currently piloting a new HSC research mentoring scheme which targets academic fellows, Research Lecturers (ATR) / Senior Research Associates (SRA) who recently joined and scholarly lecturers (ATS) on a pathway to ATR as mentees, with ATR Senior Lecturers and above as mentors. Research mentoring is "any support for the individual to develop and maintain the quality of their research, research profile, standing and strategy" (Durham University, 2016). The findings of the small pilot will inform the decision to roll out the scheme across all research active staff in the School.
All new staff - academic and administrative, are allocated a mentor, in addition to their line manager, to provide them with informal support during their induction period.