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The ‘Pipeline’ is a pilot mentoring programme for women in SET that aims to redress some of the gender imbalances at senior levels of the academic community and promote opportunities for career advancement.

Mentoring is a powerful instrument in promoting professional development and is recommended as a key tool for increasing the participation of women working in male dominated organisations. The Pipeline is open to all University female colleagues working in SET who wish to develop their careers and would like to take advantage of mentoring opportunities offered by the University.


Dr Nicola Crewe, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences
Dr Nicola Crewe, Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences

“The Pipeline mentoring scheme has given me an opportunity to speak to a fellow academic in a truly honest manner about the difficult balancing act of working motherhood.  She has given me strength and confidence to change the way I work and make time for myself and my children, which has also made me more productive at work by ensuring I am less tired and stressed on a daily basis.  The experience of talking to another in a similar situation has been empowering, helping me change the way I live my life.  It has been wonderful to feel truly free to express how I feel to somebody who can really appreciate my situation, having been there, and while at the moment the mentoring is of a very personal nature, I am looking forward to it developing into career development support in the future.”

Dr Nicola Crewe, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences


How does it work?

The Pipeline will give female colleagues working in SET the opportunity to apply for a mentor who will normally be someone more experienced from the same or another discipline (female or male). Participation in the programme will be voluntary, however in order to build a pool of mentors colleagues will be contacted and invited to take this development opportunity.

Upon the receipt of an application from a potential mentee a matching exercise will be undertaken so that the development needs of both mentor and mentee are duly met.

A mentor and mentee will be both responsible for arranging their mentoring meetings in accordance with their individual preferences (whether face to face or using technology) and time restrictions.

There are not strict time limits for the duration of the mentoring relationship; however it is anticipated that this will last between 6 – 12 months, which will normally involve 3-4 meetings.

In the pilot stage, the Pipeline will be coordinated by the Faculty of Science with administration support provided by the Learning and Development team.  This will involve the paring exercise and general management of the process, including training delivery.

Applying to be a Mentor

Mentoring is a development opportunity that can be taken up by colleagues with substantial professional experience. A suitable person needs to be a good listener, who is committed to helping less experienced colleagues to achieve their professional goals and advance their careers.

Colleagues (female or male) who feel that they have a valuable experience to share with others and skills to take the role are encouraged to apply by filling the form.

Applying to be a Mentee

Participation in the mentoring scheme can be beneficial for colleagues who wish to develop their personal and professional skills and progress their careers in HE.

Colleagues who are interested in advancing their careers, need advice on balancing work and family life or developing their research portfolio are encouraged to apply to become a mentee, by filling the form.