Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It can help you gain a better understanding of your working environment – and how to progress in your career.
It should be driven primarily by you, the mentee, with the mentor supporting and enabling you to take responsibility for your own development. In this the mentor acts as a guide, supporter, sounding board and, sometimes, as a role model.
One-to-one mentoring is based on a positive supportive and confidential relationship, which helps to facilitate a wide range of learning and development. The mentee is the focus, but the process also enables the mentor to develop their own communication and people skills. The mentoring relationship should typically be outside the direct line-management relationship.
Queen’s staff have access to a range of existing mentoring schemes, including those organised centrally, e.g. gender initiative schemes and postdoc group mentoring and also within university schools. These schemes may differ in the groups of staff who participate, but they will have similar mentoring goals, focusing on:
A definition of mentoring at Queen’s was developed by a group of colleagues who mentor and organise mentoring schemes across the University.
“Mentoring is a developmental partnership, in which independent support, outside the line-management structure, is provided by a more experienced colleague, to enable another to progress their knowledge and thinking. Mentoring involves listening, reflecting, encouraging and sharing experience, confidentially, to enable personal and professional learning”
Hear about the benefits of mentoring for mentees and mentors on the Postdoc Group Mentoring Programme
Mentoring Map: what is available?
Organisational Development gathered details of the range of mentoring schemes available to staff. Click here for more information.
- Mentoring Network
Queen’s is committed to promoting mentoring throughout the university and a Mentoring Network is currently in development, designed to provide guidance and support for those interested in staff mentoring. A Mentoring Networking event was held in December 2019. Staff involved in mentoring from across Queens attended. During the event colleagues discussed examples of locally-based mentoring schemes, with colleagues sharing their approach to establishing such initiatives. We heard from those who have set up school-based staff mentoring schemes about the benefits of mentoring from both a mentee and mentor perspective, and representatives from the Queen’s Gender Initiative shared their thoughts on some of the broader benefits of mentoring.
See an outline of the talks below.
- Benefits of mentoring - for the individual (Professor Jayne Woodside - Centre for Public Health)
- Benefits of mentoring - for the schools (Professor Karl Malcolm - Pharmacy)
- Benefits of mentoring – what the data tells us (Denise Price - Queen’s Gender Initiative)
- Mentoring map, resources and development (Paul Monahan - People & Culture)
Further events will be held and if you are interested in attending or wish to find out more about mentoring at Queen’s please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mentoring Resources
Access the resources below to inform the development of your mentoring skills and relationships.
- Mentoring Network