Introduction to Mentoring
To support our people on this journey we have asked members of our academic community who successfully achieved promotion within the last three years, to guide and support potential academic promotion applicants through the application stage.
This is an opportunity for academic promotion applicants to benefit from the amazing talent we have at Swansea, learning from their experiences, skills, career journey and role.
As a mentor, you will provide one-to-one support. You'll meet on a regular basis. As someone with relevant experience you can share experiences and provide an opportunity for the mentee to reflect on progress. You will help them develop clear outcomes and make best use of their strengths and opportunities. It is expected that you will:
- Foster a confidential relationship in a safe environment.
- Schedule and meet as required.
- Create an atmosphere of trust in the mentor/mentee relationship.
- Be a good listener and ask questions.
- Explain the purpose of the relationship.
- Help the mentee develop clear outcomes and make best use of their strengths and opportunities.
- Share experiences and provide an opportunity for the mentee to reflect on progress.
- Help the mentee identify and access resources as appropriate.
- Mentors are NOT expected to evaluate a mentee's promotion application
Mentees can demonstrate their commitment to the relationship by:
- Being proactive in the relationship, setting the agenda for meetings and actively following up afterwards.
- Keeping any commitments they make.
- Making the most of the time available by preparing for mentoring meetings beforehand.
- Listening to understand.
- Responding to feedback.
- Being open to new ideas and being receptive to the mentor’s opinions.
If you feel you would benefit from this support, please contact a Mentor below: