Want to help us evaluate our new mentoring scheme?

Can you make our training day on 9 July 2013?

Yes? Then volunteer now!

We need to sign up 10 mentor/mentee pairs from across our SET schools (see below for more information on the Scheme).

Criteria for Mentees:

  • A female academic in a SET School
  • Available for our training day: 9 July 2013 10am-4pm
  • Sign up here

Criteria for Mentors:

  • Professor or Reader in a SET School
  • Available for our training day: 9 July 2013 10am-4pm
  • Sign up here

The Pipeline Mentoring Scheme for Women in SET


The Pipeline is a pilot mentoring programme for women in Science, Engineering and Technology (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 represents the University commitment to supporting female academics in SET in developing their personal and professional skills. The scheme will enable potential mentees to receive support and advice from more experienced colleagues, which will help them to understand and overcome obstacles to career progression.   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.

How does it work?

The Pipeline gives 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 is voluntary, however in order to build an initial 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, via email, on the phone or using technology) and time restrictions.   There are no strict time limits for the duration of the mentoring relationship; however it is anticipated that this will last at least 6–12 months, and will normally involve at least 3-4 meetings. This will help to evaluate the scheme in line with colleagues’ comments and suggestions.   In the pilot stage, the Pipeline will be coordinated by the College of Science with administration support provided by the Learning and Development team.  This will involve the pairing exercise and general management of the process, including training delivery.   It is hoped that the review of Pipeline, following its 12-month running, will create opportunities to roll it out across the whole University.

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 completing  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.

The Pipeline Trial 2013-2014






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Formal mentoring in place