Get to know your colleagues, get support and share best practice by joining a staff network or mentoring scheme.
Faculty Professional & Technical Services Mentoring Scheme
In February 2018, the Faculty launched its own mentoring scheme for all staff who identify as professional or technical services.
Effective mentoring can assist staff in identifying and meeting objectives to drive personal and professional development, whether this is a focus on developing a particular area of expertise or set of skills, progressing to the next step on their career pathway or achieving higher job satisfaction in the workplace.
Mentoring is an enabling and citizenship activity which is encouraged by the Faculty and should be recognised in appraisals.
Institutional and Divisional networks and mentoring
Some of our Institutes and Divisions offer their own informal networks and mentoring schemes.
The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS) runs the WoW mentoring scheme and the PALS Women Mentoring scheme.
The Division of Psychiatry runs a mentoring scheme for junior members of research staff to get support from senior staff.
The Institute of Neurology has a network for female academic and research staff, and for professional services staff. The Institute also has maternity and paternity mentors to give practical support and advice to staff on or about to take maternity/paternity leave.
The Institute of Ophthalmology mentoring scheme provides full training through a workshop and a one-to-one mentor/mentee relationship with a local mentor for a year.
UCL-wide networks and mentoring
The UCL Human Resources department has a list of equalities networks and mentoring schemes that UCL staff are encouraged to join, including: groups for LGBT+ staff; staff with disabilities; women in professional services; women in STEM; working parents; BME staff; and more.
Some of these UCL-wide networks have their own websites:
- Astrea is the network for women in professional services roles at UCL
- UCL Women is for academic UCL staff (postdoc and above) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Departmental Administrators' Forum is a support network for all staff across UCL involved in administration and support roles
- Teaching Adminstrators' Forum (via Moodle) is a network for staff in teaching administrator roles around UCL
- PhD Administrators' Forum (via Moodle) is a network for staff in PhD administrator roles around UCL
- Research Administrators Network is a network for staff in research administrator roles around UCL
uMentor is UCL's online mentoring platform for staff across the institution to share and learn best mentoring practice and resources. This is available to both mentors and mentees, and includes a 'Mentor Matching' tool.
Find out more about comms networks available to professional, research and academic staff across the Faculty and UCL.