What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship between two people (mentor and mentee) where the mentor shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist the mentee with their personal and professional development. 

What are the benefits of being mentored?

There are a range of benefits, not only for the mentee but also for the mentor. It is a great opportunity for both parties to share ideas, expand networks, improve interperosnal skills and gain confidence and enthusiasm. While the mentee can focus on their career developmet, mentors can increase their professional status, giving something back to the organisation.

Looking for a mentor?

People and Organisational Development (POD) no longer run an organisational mentoring scheme. Nevertheless, there are numerous local and departmental schemes which can support your development, matching you to a mentor according to your specific requirements.

What happens if there is no scheme in my area/department?

Mentoring is, and should be, bespoke to each individual; therefore you should clearly know what you want to gain from a mentoring relationship. Because of this, we advise you to find your own mentor, one which clearly supports your developmental requirements.

How do I become a mentor?

It is great to hear that you are interested in sharing your knowledge, skills and expertise with someone else. Please contact your local mentoring scheme to register your interest.

How do I obtain the skills to effectively mentor?

People and Organisational Development (POD) deliver a one day course; Being an Effective Mentor. The course is available to anyone who wishes to become a mentor at the University, whatever their role. At the end of the course delegates will be able to clearly define mentoring and its purpose (explaining the key differences between mentoring and coaching), identify the benefits of mentoring, clarify the roles and responsibilities of both parties and create guidelines for managing a relationship. See below for more information and to book.

Being an effective mentor

Key contact

Contact POD (x44606; x43693;


One day.

Delivery method

The workshop will be held at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map).

Who it is suitable for

This course is available to anyone who wishes to become a mentor at the University or has informal mentoring relationships already in place, and wants some additional training to help them with this role.

What you will be able to do after the course

At the end of the workshop you will have the confidence to take on the role of mentor and will understand how valuable a ‘mentoring’ relationship is to all concerned.


The workshop is an opportunity to understand your role and responsibilities as a mentor, and the skills relevant to this role. It will cover the University’s mentoring scheme, the benefits of mentoring, ground rules and confidentiality, the mentoring relationship and the skills of being an effective mentor.

So what’s distinctive?

An opportunity to grasp the subtleties of mentoring and the options open to you, so that you can develop a style unique to you and useful to your mentee.

How to book

Please submit a course on-line booking form