More than Mentoring
Our one of a kind positive action scheme gives staff the opportunity to be paired with someone who shares their personal characteristics. This matches mentors and mentees with shared lived experience to enable a deeper understanding and connection between participants.
For potential mentees, this is a great opportunity for you to connect with a mentor who can offer insight, advice, opportunity – and help you navigate the next stage of your career.
For potential mentors, this is a great opportunity to give back, become a better leader, and refine your own skills and networks. You can read more about the benefits of mentoring here.
This year, we will be running entirely online and look forward to bringing the cohort together to explore issues of identity and career development. Colleagues are requested to meet at least once a month for 9 months, January 2021-September 2021.
King’s recognises that staff who identify as women, BME, LGBTQ+ or have a disability are significantly underrepresented at senior level. Therefore, the More than Mentoring scheme prioritise these groups to take part.
The scheme contributes to our work towards Gender, Race, LGBTQ+ and Disability equality, and reflected in our Athena SWAN, Race Equality Chartermark and Stonewall action plans.
To sign up for the scheme, please complete this application form by December 14th 2020. If you have any questions about the scheme, you can email email@example.com
We are excited to see the mentorships and outcomes which evolve from the scheme and look forward to matching you.
I really enjoyed building a mentoring relationship with George through More than Mentoring; we were able to target specific areas of her development to tackle over the year - from public speaking, to building technical expertise to enable her to take a step into a specialist Diversity & Inclusion role. I learnt so much from our relationship, including a better understanding of how King's works at a School level, and practice my mentoring and coaching skills. George and I are still in touch and I'm very proud to see her in her first D&I role!
Alex Prestage, Diversity & Inclusion Manager (Mentor)
In addition to this, I would just like to add from a mentee perspective that being mentored by Alex was a wonderful experience, I learnt a lot about myself, and gained many invaluable skills. This mentorship helped me to pursue my love of EDI and successfully move into my current EDI role at QMUL. I am grateful to Alex supporting me in my goals.
George Lonergan – (now working in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at QMUL (Mentee)
Mutual mentoring’ distinguishes itself from the traditional model of ‘top-down mentoring’, and from ‘reverse mentoring’. In the Mutual Mentoring scheme, everyone is a mentor (and everyone is a mentee).
To support the career development of staff from underrepresented groups, senior leaders share their professional experience and ideas, supporting their Lived Experience Mentor and passing on learnings. Senior Leadership Mentors are expected to act as sponsors for their mentor, enabling access to useful networks and support.
Lived Experience Mentors help senior leaders to develop self-confidence and knowledge of their chosen area of EDI. The primary purpose of Mutual Mentoring is to aid personal and professional development for both partners.
By creating open and honest discussion, we hope that both partners will bring their learning to work, resulting in more staff progressing within their careers, and feeling enabled to do so.
The first cohort of Mutual Mentoring launched in December, and the next will be paired in March.
To register your interest in the Scheme, e-mail Scheme Coordinator, Nicole Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other mentoring schemes for King's staff
King's takes part in B-MEntor – a London-wide mentoring scheme for staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. There are two schemes: one for academic/research staff, and one for Professional Services staff.
Organisational Development provide more information about mentoring for King’s staff. There are several local mentoring schemes available around King’s. In many of the Faculties, local D&I practitioners may be able to provide more information about mentoring opportunities.