Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Staff Development

Mentoring

A good mentor can be invaluable if you wish to progress – they can support, challenge and open doors to new networks, knowledge and understanding.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a technique for enabling the transmission of knowledge, skills and experience in a supportive and challenging environment much like coaching. The same skills of questioning, listening, clarifying, reframing and many of the same models are used. Mentoring relationships work best when they move beyond the directive approach of a senior colleague telling it how it is, to one where both learn from each other. An effective mentoring relationship is a learning opportunity for both parties.

The differences between coaching and mentoring

It can be difficult to distinguish between coaching and mentoring. In practice, 'mentoring' is often used interchangeably with 'coaching'. Traditionally, however, mentoring in the workplace has tended to describe a relationship in which a more experienced colleague used their greater knowledge and understanding of the work or workplace to support the development of a more junior or inexperienced member of staff.

Mentoring at Loughborough

There is already a formal scheme in place for Research Staff contact Eve Uhlig, if you are interested in this particular scheme – either as mentor or mentee.

For new staff, mentoring can be very helpful, but is not a replacement for the support given by the probationary adviser or for the initial induction in departments. The place of mentoring for new staff is to offer off-line support (ie not the manager) and the two processes can happily sit side by side. For example, a new member of staff could be new to the higher education sector, or experienced in the sector, but new to the ways that Loughborough works. Both mentor and mentee can learn from each other in this case.

Mentoring can also benefit those who are more experienced and perhaps moving into a new role. For example, a mentor could help a new Head of Department, or new senior lecturer, or a new line manager who has been promoted from within the team.

 

Contact us

Tel: 01509 222381