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B-MEntor: cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds

28 September 2017

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Building on previously successful years, UCL is currently recruiting the next cohort of mentees and mentors for B-MEntor, the cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. It is being run in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, Kings College London and the London School of Economics. It is a well-established programme which was shortlisted for two national awards in 2014: the ENEI Tapping into Talent award and the Race for Opportunity Developing Talent (Progression) Award.

The scheme enables UCL to meet its commitment to increase the ‘net diversity’ of senior staff in grades 9 and 10 at UCL – primarily looking at disability, gender and race - to achieve a 5% increase by 2019.

The requirements for participation in this scheme are: 

· Mentors: must be at Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professorial level. Mentors can be from any ethnic background.

· Mentees: should be from post-doc to Lecturer level and self-identify as being from a Black and Minority Ethnic background i.e. not white European.

We would particularly like to encourage staff of Black origin to join the scheme as they are under-represented as academics and researchers in UCL overall.

The mentoring period will be approximately one year and a comprehensive training and support package is offered for all parties. The selection and matching of mentor and mentees will take place at the end of January and will be carried out according to needs, interests and research discipline of the pool available.

Provisional briefing date

All new mentees and mentors can attend a briefing to find out more, if they are interested in the scheme. The briefing will take place on 2 November 2017.

We would be very grateful to have all expressions of interest by Friday 1 December 2017. Mentors and Mentees should complete the form here: ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/race/BMEntor.php and send them to Sonal Bharadva, equalities@ucl.ac.uk.

Please contact me if you have any queries about this scheme. A full list of FAQs can be found on the B-MEntor web pages: ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/race/mentor_FAQs.php

Thank you in advance for helping us make this innovative project a continuing success.

Teresa Williams, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Human Resources Division, UCL