Researcher Development

Mentoring

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a supportive and non-judgmental relationship in which a more experienced individual undertakes to help a less experienced individual to fulfill their potential and ambitions. In essence it is a relationship which will facilitate and lead to career development.

Mentoring may help you with:

  • your career planning and development
  • considering your future options, aspirations, strategies and decisions
  • current work issues
  • reviewing your skills, experience and achievements
  • your work/life balance

Types of mentoring

  • One to one mentoring is the most common form of mentoring. These mentoring relationships can be formal, e.g. the mentor has been assigned a mentee, or informal when a mentee has approached the mentor. Often one to one mentoring is usually conducted through face to face meetings, but it can also be done via telephone email/electronic communications.

How to get mentoring

  • You can find yourself an individual mentor.
  • You can join the appropriate mentoring scheme offered by the University of Bath.

Schemes in Bath

Terminology:

On these pages the term ‘mentee’ is used to described the less experienced member of staff whilst the term ‘mentor’ describes the more experienced member of staff.