More than Mentoring
Building on the success of the previous Diversity Mentoring Scheme, the More than Mentoring scheme launched for the first time September 2018. Following a successful first year, the scheme will be running again in 2020. We know of the value and many benefits of mentoring, the scheme offers this and more: the opportunity to network and develop a community through training, workshops and events.
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. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, sign up here and we will be in touch.
Its objectives are to:
- Enable employees from underrepresented groups to identify goals and objectives that encourage their career progression
- Develop a mentoring community that fosters cooperation, collaboration and networking
- Facilitate supportive professional relationships between colleagues, which provide a safe space for individuals to explore barriers and identify their own solutions to professional development challenges.
- Encourage organisational performance and representation by:
- Furthering inclusion
- Improving productivity and morale
- Advancing knowledge transfer
Read more about the benefits of mentoring here.
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)
Other mentoring schemes for King's staff
King's takes part in B-MEntor – a London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds.
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.