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Mentoring at King's

B-MEntor Scheme

B-MEntor is a cross institutional mentoring scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic academic, research and professional services staff.

B-MEntor is run in partnership with University College London, Queen Mary University London and the Francis Crick Institute. The programme supports King’s Race Equality Action Plan, specifically our commitment to attract, appoint and invest in talent.

There are two schemes-one for academic and research staff, and one for professional services staff. Please click on the below links to find out more about each scheme and how to register your interest. The deadline to register your interest is Monday 20th December 2021.

 

Information for professional services staff

The requirements for participation in the programme are as follows:

  • Mentors must be professional services staff from any ethnic background, from first-line managers (managing one person) to senior management.
  • Mentees should be professional services staff up to the level of first-line managers (managing one person) and self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.

The mentoring period will be approximately one year, and a training and support package is offered for all parties. The selection and matching of mentors and mentees will take place in Mid-January.

Mentees and Mentors must be available for the training on the following dates:

  • Mentee Training - Friday 14th January 1-2.30 pm   
  • Mentor Training - Friday 28th January 1-2.30 pm   

Please register your expression of interest by Monday 20th December 2021.

 

Information for academic and research staff

The requirements for participation in the programme are as follows:

  • Mentors: must be at Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor/Reader or Professorial level. Mentors can be from any ethnic background.
  • Mentees: should be at post-doctoral to lecturer level and self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.

The mentoring period will be approximately one year, and a training and support package is offered for all parties. The selection and matching of mentors and mentees will take place in Mid-January.

Mentees and Mentors must be available for the training on the following dates:

  • Mentee Training - Thursday 13th January 2.30-4.00 pm   
  • Mentor Training – Thursday 27th January 2.30-4.00 pm      

Please register your expression of interest by Monday 20th December 2021.

 

More Infomation

Please contact Jennifer Hastings, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, if you have any queries about this scheme. A complete list of FAQs can be found on UCL’s B-MEntor webpage


 

More than mentoring scheme

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion are pleased to announce that applications for More than Mentoring 2022 are now open!

More than Mentoring is a mentoring scheme with a difference. We know of the value and many benefits of mentoring, this scheme offers this and more: the opportunity to network and develop a community through training, workshops and events.  

Our one-of-a-kind positive action scheme gives staff the opportunity to be paired with a colleague within King’s for mentorship. Where possible, we match mentors and mentees with shared lived experience to enable a deeper understanding and connection between participants. Mentor pairs are encouraged to meet at least once a month for 6 months, April 2022 - September 2022.

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. King’s recognises that staff who identify as women, LGBTQ+ or have a disability, and those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are significantly underrepresented at senior level. Therefore, the More than Mentoring scheme prioritises these groups to take part. 

For potential mentors, this is a great opportunity to give back, become a better leader, and refine your own skills and networks. In the past, the scheme has received more applications to be mentored rather than to be a mentor. We would encourage all the King’s community to consider whether they could undertake the mentor role. It can be easy to doubt what you have to offer, but many of us have valuable skills which could be shared and benefit others. You can read more about the benefits of mentoring here.

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 fill in the More than Mentoring Application Form by Tuesday 29th March 2022. EDI will then match pairs, aiming to consider preferences expressed, where possible. We will email you with your pairing and share details of the launch event. This will be at the beginning of April. If you have any questions about the scheme, you can email diversity@kcl.ac.uk

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 Scheme

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 third wave of Mutual Mentoring has been postponed.

To register your interest in the scheme please complete this form. For questions please email diversity@kcl.ac.uk


 

Other mentoring schemes for King's 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.

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