Mentoring is a supportive relationship usually between a more experienced member of staff and a less experienced staff member, and is not usually done by someone with a formal working relationship with the mentee, such as their line manager.
A mentoring relationship allows the mentee to discuss issues away from their working environment and to learn from the experience of their mentor. The partnership is neutral with the aim being to support the mentee in their goals.
UCL has a mentoring scheme that allows staff to register as a mentor, search for a mentor, or if you wish to both have and be a mentor. Organisational Development has specifically developed an online mentoring platform called uMentor - so that UCL has a core space to share information, provide online training, and materials on mentoring. Within uMentor staff can:
- Develop an understanding of what mentoring is and how it might benefit them;
- Allow access and gain experience of online learning and become certified as a 'mentor' and/or 'mentee' (research shows that both mentors and mentees benefit from training);
- Find and select a mentor through a matching space with the Mentor Matching tool, which profiles and matches mentors and mentees;
- Provide access to ongoing learning materials to support their mentoring journey.
Further information and details of how to register on uMentor can be found on the Mentoring at UCL webpage.
There is also a pilot cross-institutional mentoring scheme for Black and Minority Ethnic academics and researchers available called B-Mentor. You can register your interest to become either a mentor or mentee on the B-Mentor webpage.
There is training available for both the mentor and the mentee via the uMentor platform. In addition, there is a Coaching and Mentoring Skill at UCL programme for line managers and senior staff at UCL. You can register your interest in this course on the course webpage.