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Mentoring scheme for staff  in Education & Research job family

An overview of mentoring and how to request one-to-one mentoring support from a more experienced colleague in the Education and Research job family.

What is the mentoring scheme?

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.


Mentors in this context provide informal support for colleagues in their career and welfare. It is distinct from the mentors assigned to probationary lecturers who have a specific role. Mentoring is best performed by someone who has trodden the path of the mentee before them, 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.


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

Process: finding a mentor or offering to be a mentor

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

Departmental mentoring co-ordinators

Department Co-ordinator
Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering Prof Andrew Heath
Department of Biology & Biochemistry Prof David Tosh & Prof Adele Murrell
Department of Chemical Engineering Prof John Chew
Department of Chemistry Dr Adam Squires
Department of Computer Science Prof Jason Alexander
Department of Economics Dr Peter Postl
Department of Education Elisabeth Barratt-Hacking
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering Prof Cathryn Mitchell
Department for Health Prof Fiona Gillison
School of Management Prof Mairi Maclean
Department of Mathematical Sciences Dr Lucia Scardia
Department of Mechanical Engineering Debbie Janson (academic staff) and Dr Nicola Bailey (PDRAs)
Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology Prof Steve Husbands
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

General guidance on establishing a mentoring relationship, and the skills and behaviours required for successful mentoring, can be found at: Resources to support mentoring.

Contact us

For more information on mentoring schemes at the University of Bath.