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Mentoring is a relationship of mutual trust where an experienced individual shares knowledge, skills and information to foster the personal and professional growth of someone who is less experienced.

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction

                                                                                                John C. Crosby

The Mentor’s Role

A mentor is often defined as a ‘professional friend’ or ‘supportive challenger’.

The role of a mentor is to provide a mentee with support that will encourage them to find they own solutions and tackle problems effectively.  A mentor should be a sounding board, someone to share ideas with and approach for help. A mentor needs to provide support by signposting a mentee into the right directions, often by challenging their assumptions.

Benefits of Mentoring

For Mentors:

  • Job enrichment
  • Satisfaction of role modelling and sharing experiences
  • Development of skills: coaching, management and counselling

 For Mentees:

  • Increased motivation through shared experiences
  • Development of skills, both personal and professional
  • Identification of learning and development gaps
  • Access to networks and organisational knowledge

For the University:

  • Demonstrates commitment to learning and development
  • Improved communication across the organisation
  • Increased motivation of all parties involved
  • Helps develop diverse groups of staff and remove barriers that may hinder their success


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