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B-MEntor Professional Mentoring Scheme

B-Mentor is a cross-institutional mentoring scheme for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff in Professional Services roles.

To build on the success of the B-MEntor scheme for Black, Asian and Minority ethnic academics, we have created B-MEntor Professional. Following the pilot in 2019, this mentoring programme provides a unique platform for BME professional services staff to strengthen their professional skills and improve their networking capability by cultivating cross-institutional relationships.

Am I eligible to be a mentee?

Mentees: should self-identify as Black, Asian, Mixed and ‘other’ ethnic background, as this is where the evidence of under-representation exists. You will be a member of Professional Services staff in grades 5 -7 (at UCL), e.g. job title may include Assistant, Administrator, Officer, Adviser, Co-ordinator (recognising that grading systems vary between institutions.)

Am I eligible to be a mentor?

Mentors: will be from any ethnic background and be Professional Services staff in grades 8-10 (at UCL), e.g. job title may include: Manager, Director, Head of, Senior Advisor/Officer, (recognising that grading systems vary between institutions.)

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
What are the benefits for staff?

Mentors can:

  • 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

Mentees can:

  • 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 BAME staff?

BAME staff are significantly under-represented at senior levels in all our institutions, and this scheme will help address these inequalities by:

  • Ensuring staff from BAME backgrounds are supported to reach their potential
  • Helping to advance the careers of BAME 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

To qualify for the scheme, you must identify as Black, Asian, Mixed and ‘other’ ethnic background of colour. This includes visible minorities and excludes those who identify as 'white other'.

FAQs

Common questions asked by mentees and mentors have been answered.


Mandatory training

Mentors must be available for the online training on the following dates:

Friday 28th January 1:00-2.30 pm
or
Thursday 3rd February 3:00- 4:30 pm


Registration

Registration for the 2022-23 academic year will be opening in November - further details to be announced here.


Partners

The following universities are partners in this mentoring scheme:

  • University College London                                   
  • Queen Mary University
  • King’s College London
  • St George's University of London
  • University of the Arts London 
  • The Francis Crick Institute                                      

Further Information

If you would like more information please contact: equalities@ucl.ac.uk

You can find information about the B-MEntor Academic Mentoring Scheme here