D7 - Every Mentee Counts: Mentoring schemes for researchers

Day 2 at 13:45 - Mentoring, as a means to support professional and career development, has the potential to create transformational change. This workshop will explore issues around the provision of formal mentoring within centrally coordinated schemes and will look at some of the particular benefits of this approach, including the capacity to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias, which may present itself in other development processes.

The workshop draws on the experience of running mentoring schemes at the University of St Andrews since 2005, as well as leading other mentoring-related projects such as ‘SUMAC’, the online mentoring platform currently in use with 24 UK institutions, and the ‘Mentoring Scotland 2013’ conference on mentoring in the Scottish HE sector.

Presentation from Workshop D7


Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:45
Strand Research Staff / Postgraduate Research and Research Staff?
Code D7
Presenters Jos Finer - Head of Organisational Development, CAPOD, University of St Andrews

Workshop topics covered:

  • Formal mentoring and centrally coordinated schemes
  • Mentoring process flows
  • Underlying principles for effective mentoring schemes
  • Matching and mentoring partnerships
  • The mentoring experience and the unique potential of mentoring

Themes covered:

  • The rise of mentoring in the HE sector
  • The value of centrally coordinated, formal schemes over informal mentoring
  • The importance of scheme design and principles for successful schemes
  • The potential power of mentoring partnerships to support professional and career development
  • The difference between mentoring and other development activities in relation to unconscious bias

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have a clear sense of the relevance, the rise and the value of mentoring as part of the professional and career development provision in Higher Education
  • Understand how formal mentoring schemes work, based on a process flow model for a typical scheme
  • Appreciate a range of underlying principles for effective mentoring schemes
  • Understand how mentoring offers unique support, addressing the specific needs of each individual and mitigating the impact of unconscious bias


Interactive workshop, including presentation, video clips, group discussion and practical exercises.