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In 2014, RDM introduced a mentoring scheme for all members of the department. The aim of the scheme is to assist staff (academic, research, professional support) and postgraduate students to achieve personal and professional growth through a mentoring relationship that provides support as they progress and develop within the University. Around 24% of RDM staff are taking part in the scheme.

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How to register?

To join the RDM Mentoring Scheme, please visit MentorNet, an online interactive platform via the links below:

MentorNet Mentor Registration

MentorNet Mentee Registration
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Please refer to the Quick Start Guides on the right end side of the screen for detailed information on the MentorNet system.

For details on the matching and mentoring processes, please click on the image below: 

RDM Mentoring Scheme Flowchart


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.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a powerful personal development tool, proven to be an effective way of helping you to progress in your career and life more generally.

All staff and students can register to be mentored.

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 graduate students with at least 12 months experience in RDM or within the University can register to be 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, and provides you with an opportunity to develop 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.

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.

OTHER university of oxford MENTORING SCHEMES

Pivot  the University’s mentoring programme for BME members of staff. Pivot focuses on career progression and matches mentors and mentees to meet one to one to identify, set and work towards career goals.

Oxford Senior Women's Mentoring network (formerly known as Ad Feminam) (SSO required for website access) a mentoring scheme intended to encourage senior women to explore their leadership potential within academic life, or within an administrative career, for example as leaders of departments and divisions or in university governance.

Mentoring scheme handbook

The RDM Mentoring Scheme Handbook outlines the aims, structure and practicalities of the mentoring scheme.

RDM MentorNet Quick Start Guide - Mentee

Register as a Mentee with MentorNet

RDM MentorNet Quick Start Guide - Mentor

Register as a Mentor with MentorNet

Example mentor biography

A guide to help you write your own biography.