Advice and Guidance for the Mentor
A successful mentoring arrangement will follow these principles:
•A mentor has an influential role in helping another person to develop, realise their potential and meet their aspirations.
•The mentor will create a sincere and honest relationship, and ensure that they are approachable. If there is a large differential in the seniority of the parties, then the mentor will need to ensure they are careful not to be seen as intimidating.
•The mentor will establish trust and confidentiality throughout and following the mentoring arrangement.
•The mentor will be credible though the knowledge they have of the University and in their role.
•The mentor will be honest and constructive, and will not take sides or place blame.
•Similarly, the mentor will have the confidence and awareness to debate and challenge points of view, and provoke reflection in the mentee.
•The mentor can provide advice and guidance, but will ensure that the mentee is responsible for any decisions they make following these.
•The mentor will have a good understanding of the University policies and opportunities for career development, and will be prepared to learn about these.
At the first meeting with your new mentee, you should take the time to introduce yourself fully, your own experience of being a mentee/mentor and begin to set the expectations out above of how you will conduct the arrangement. It is for both of you to agree how often you will meet, where this will be and how you will contact each other between meetings, as well as the level of support you can commit to in meetings and being available at other times.
You may wish to agree a trial period as well, where either party can end the arrangement if there is a feeling that it will not be productive.
The guidance above should help both parties to understand the scope of the mentoring arrangement, but if at any time during the relationship you feel there are issues that are out of your remit to address, then it may be necessary to refer the mentee to another source of advice. Depending on the nature of the issue, a suitable referral may be to:
•The mentee’s manager
•Their school or department’s HR Business Partner
•The Employee Wellbeing support line –
Telephone: 0800 980 6830
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