Researcher Development


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


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.