In 2014, RDM introduced a mentoring scheme for all members of the department. The aim of the scheme is to assist staff and students to achieve personal and professional growth through a mentoring relationship that provides support as they progress and develop within the University. 24% of RDM staff have taken part in the scheme since its launch.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a powerful personal development tool, which can be an effective way of helping you to progress in your career and life more generally.
You may find it useful to be mentored at different stages in your professional life: perhaps when you are new to the University; in transition between posts, including the transition from student to staff; when wanting your career to progress or change direction; for support in balancing work with your family life; returning to work after a career break or maternity leave; or for some other reason.
All staff and students can register to be mentored.
You may also be interested in participating in the scheme as a mentor. Becoming a mentor allows you to give something back by passing on your experience and knowledge to help other members of the department. It also provides an opportunity for you to develop your transferrable skills: perhaps by identifying and developing your own strengths as well as those of the mentee; challenging assumptions and clarifying misunderstandings; working with people of different backgrounds and in a different context; and practicing offering constructive and supportive feedback.
All staff and graduate students with at least 12 months experience in RDM or within the University can register to be a mentor.
The RDM Mentoring Scheme will match mentors with relevant experience(s) with a mentee who wishes to benefit from their experience. Mentoring matches will be made from across the divisions of RDM wherever possible and appropriate.
How to register?
To join the RDM Mentoring Scheme, please visit MentorNet, an online interactive platform via the links below:
|MentorNet Mentee Registration|
With MentorNet, mentees will have the opportunity to browse available mentors, select those best suited to their requirements and rank them by affinity and preference.
Scheme members are able to upload and securely share documents with their mentor/mentee, use an activity log to record meetings, or access a resource library (inc. MentorNet start guides, the RDM Mentoring handbook, samples of pertinent questions, an agreement form template and articles on mentoring).
MentorNet also offers the opportunity to easily contact your mentor/mentee and create a support community via forums and newsfeeds.
The RDM Mentoring Scheme Handbook provides all the information necessary about the mentoring scheme.
Questions about the mentoring scheme should be directed to the mentoring coordinator in the first instance.