A cross-institutional mentoring scheme for BME staff in Professional Services departments.
To build on the success of the B-MEntor scheme for Black and Minority ethnic academics we are piloting B-MEntor Professional. This mentoring programme provides a unique platform for BME professional services staff to strengthen their professional skills and improve their networking capability through the cultivation of cross – institutional relationships.
What does it involve?
Mentoring is based on exchanging experiences, ideas and feedback between the two parties. It helps to promote understanding of formal and informal structures, enhances opportunities for staff to develop and build skills/knowledge, and enables continuing professional development and personal growth. The programme will also include:
- Compulsory induction training session
- At least 6 one to one mentoring sessions
- End of year celebration social event
- Dedicated coaching session
What are the benefits for staff?
- Gain fulfilment from facilitating personal development and encouraging others
- Network with like-minded colleagues
- Assist others along a path on which you have already been successful
- Advance equality and diversity in higher education
- Enhance skills such as coaching and constructive criticism.
- Obtain career advice and direction
- Receive help with identifying and clarifying issues, problems and obstacles
- Source new ideas and practices
- Gain the opportunity for networking across a broader spectrum than provided by the day-to-day environment.
Why is there a scheme just for BME staff?
BME staff are significantly under represented at senior levels in all our institutions and this scheme will help address these inequalities by:
- Ensuring staff from BME backgrounds are supported to reach their potential
- Helping to advance the careers of BME staff sharing information outside the usual networks and encouraging applications for promotion to senior positions
- Reducing feelings of isolation for staff who do not work in ethnically diverse areas
Am I eligible?
Mentees: should be a member of Professional Services staff at grades 1 -7 (at UCL, this is generally up through first-line managers) and self-identify as being from a Black and Minority Ethnic background e.g. not White European. For other institutional partners, please confirm with your local contacts, as grading systems vary between institutions.
Mentors: The mentors will be Professional Services staff from any ethnic background from first-line managers up through senior management – at UCL, this is grades 7-10. For other institutional partners, please confirm with your local contacts, as grading systems vary between institutions.
Staff at grade 7 have the option to be a mentor or request a mentor themselves.
Expressions of interest
Please submit by 30th September, 2019.
Mentors and should complete the following form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I find out more?
Please contact Teresa Williams at email@example.com if you have any queries about this scheme.
The following universities are partners in this mentoring scheme:
University College London Queen Mary University
King’s College London University of Arts London
St George’s, University of London City, University of London
University of East London