Mentoring at Lancaster University
Have you ever wished you had someone that you could talk to about the challenges that you are facing; ideas that you want to implement or how to develop your career? Or do you have a desire to help others to develop and grow; do you have experience and knowledge that you want to share with others?
Mentoring can support your learning and development throughout your career. It is as important at the start of a career, as it is when you take on new challenges and roles, and many senior leaders rely on executive mentors to help them think through their strategic decisions. Its benefits include improving your understanding of the working environment, skills development, increased motivation and boosting confidence.
"Mentoring can play a really important role in the support and development of all our staff at Lancaster. The advice, guidance and support of a trusted mentor can make a significant impact on your success in your role, particularly at times of professional transition and when your skills are being tested and stretched.
Being a mentor helps share experience and knowledge across different parts of the University and helps you reflect on different perspectives and your own practice. Having a mentor has been, and continues to be, important in my own development and I now find mentoring others one of the most rewarding aspects of my role." Nicola Owen (Chief Administrative Officer, Lancaster University)
Is it for me?
You may wish to request a mentor if you are:
- A newcomer to the University or Higher Education sector.
- A lecturer during your probation period.
- A researcher, requiring support with research management activities etc.
- Returning to work after a period of absence e.g. sabbatical, maternity, paternity leave or sickness.
- Facing a specific challenge or change in role.
What will I get out of it?
As a Mentor you will gain the satisfaction of watching your mentee progress and have the opportunity to practice your leadership and management skills, develop your communication and interpersonal skills and gain a broader and deeper understanding of your own working environment.
As a Mentee you will be encouraged to challenge your assumptions, broaden your horizons, raise your aspirations and increase your achievements through individualised support. Your mentor should be a sounding board offering guidance through periods of instability and career growth, helping you to manage change and ultimately empowering you to improve your self-confidence and self-awareness.
There are essentially two ways in which you can engage in a mentoring relationship:
1. You can register as a mentor or mentee with the new, institution-wide 'mentor-matching schemes. The academic and professional services schemes are tailored to the relevant constituent group and mentors and mentees will be matched from within them. If you prefer to be matched with someone from outside your own scheme category, please make this clear in the application form and the scheme administrators will ensure you have the best match available.
2. Your department can allocate a mentor to you as a new member of staff (this is not the same as a buddy - a buddy is someone who will show you the ropes, local conventions such as tea and coffee routines, how to claim your expenses and general local orientation etc), or you may have someone suitable in mind and you can approach them directly.
To find out more information, please email OED Mentoring