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University of Bath


An innovative leadership and development programme For Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women in the GW4 Universities, from January – July 2021.

Call for Elevate Mentors: Deadline 5 February

We are now urgently seeking volunteers to act as mentors to Elevate participants. We are seeking up to twelve mentors (both academic and professional services staff) who have an interest and desire to offer mentoring support for our Elevate participants from across the GW4 Universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). Prospective mentors will need to have experience of navigating University systems and be willing to share their experience and insight.

As a mentor, your commitment would be to meet (online) four times with your mentee (each session lasting approximately one hour) between March through to the end of July 2021. You will be expected to come to a briefing session lasting up to 1.5 hours in the first week of March and will be joined by other mentors drawn from across the four institutions. As well as having access to mentoring resources, you will have an opportunity to come to a Mentor support session half-way through the Mentoring programme in May.

You do not need to be a woman from a BAME background to act as an Elevate mentor, but we would like to have a diverse cast of mentors so that participants are able to express their preference.

The matching process will be carried out in February and we will let you know if you’ve been matched with a mentee during the week 22-26 February.

If you are interested in being an Elevate mentor, please complete this Mentor matching form by Friday 5 February. If you have any questions, contact

The Elevate Programme

Elevate is a brand new development programme being run as a pilot in 2021 by the four GW Universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). It is aimed at BAME female staff across all staff groups, with the intention of enabling better career opportunities for a population that is often under-represented. All four Universities will run the same application process to find candidates.

In Bath the eligible group is in grades 6-8 in the Education and Research job family, and grades 4-8 in all other job families.

Elevate will:

  • Provide a 10-day blended learning leadership and professional development programme for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic female staff over 7 months

  • Introduce participants to different leadership styles and approaches which support the development of leadership and influencing skills

  • Support participants to identify strengths and talents as well as development needs

  • Provide on-going support through action learning and cross-institutional mentoring

  • Empower women by using creative methodologies such as story-telling and journaling for reflection and sharing

Apply for a place on the Elevate programme

Applications are now closed for 2020-2021 programme