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Mentoring scheme for staff  in the Education and Research job family

An overview of mentoring and how to request one-to-one mentoring support from a more experienced colleague or become a mentor yourself.

About the mentoring scheme

Understand what the mentoring scheme entails.

This scheme is founded on the principles that experienced academic colleagues are best placed to help staff identify and connect with a suitable mentor, and that supporting less experienced colleagues by mentoring is a fundamental feature of an academic role. Organisation of the process is therefore rooted in the academic community, with a light administrative oversight and support for co-ordinators and mentors to develop the necessary skills and networks.


Further information on mentoring in the Education and Research job family.

Mentors in this context provide informal support for colleagues in their career and welfare. This is different from the mentors assigned to probationary lecturers who have a specific role. Mentoring is best performed by someone who has experience of the role the mentee is currently in, whether this refers to the whole scope of an academic career, broader experience outside the University, or a specific current concern.

The Education and Research Job Family includes lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, professors, research assistants and research fellows.


Find out who is eligible to apply for the scheme.

The scheme is open to all Education and Research staff who have completed probation. It is a voluntary, developmental scheme unconnected to career progression. 

How to get involved

Find out how to find a mentor or become a mentor.

Any member of Education and Research staff (academics, researchers and teaching fellows) who would like to find a mentor, or offer their services as a mentor, should contact their departmental or school mentoring co-ordinator. Some departments may have arrangements specific to different groups − for example research associates, which are managed locally.

Departmental mentoring co-ordinators

Understand who to contact in your department or school if you would like to be mentored or to become a mentor yourself.

Department Co-ordinator
Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering Prof Andrew Heath
Department of Chemical Engineering Prof John Chew
Department of Chemistry Dr Adam Squires
Department of Computer Science Prof Guy McCusker
Department of Economics Dr Peter Postl
Department of Education Elisabeth Barratt Hacking (probationers) and Hugo Santiago Sanchez (other staff)
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering Prof Cathryn Mitchell
Department for Health Prof Fiona Gillison
Department of Life Sciences Prof Stephen Husbands, Prof David Tosh and Prof Adele Murrell
School of Management Prof Mairi Maclean
Department of Mathematical Sciences Dr Cecile Mailler
Department of Mechanical Engineering Debbie Janson
Department of Physics Prof Dmitry Skryabin
Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies Dr Paul Higate
Department of Psychology Prof Paul Bain
Department of Social & Policy Sciences Dr Kate Gooch

Discover more about establishing a mentoring relationship and the skills and behaviours required for successful mentoring.

Contact us

For more information on mentoring schemes at the University of Bath, please get in touch.