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Welcome to the ‘World of Work Mentor’ Scheme

The General Aim of the scheme

The PaLS ‘WoW Mentor’ Mentoring scheme aims at supporting and encouraging a professional relationship in which an experienced professional (the mentor) assists another, less experienced professional (the mentee) in appraising, reflecting upon and steering the mentee’s career and personal growth within the complicated and increasingly large academic world.

The scheme aims to create a LIGHT-TOUCH, NON-bureaucratic and supportive community of peers that work together for the advancement of each other’s careers.

Who is it for?

The aim is the PaLS Mentoring scheme to be eventually open to all but in the first pilot round (2015-2016) it is open only to academic and research members of staff of all grades and genders. Women are particularly encouraged to apply as both mentors and mentees.

Why take part?

Mentorship relations allow mentors to reflect upon academic and professional life and to feel that they have contributed to other people’s careers. Mentees can benefit from the experience, alternative perspectives and even knowledge, skills and contacts of their mentors. To ensure the time availability of mentors, PaLS will be acknowledging the contribution of mentors in the annual workload exercise, and progressively introducing a number of other related incentives.


  • Recruitment: An expression of interest will be sent during the summer to recruit mentors and mentees.
  • Choosing mentors: By middle of September a list of available mentors will be sent to mentees who will be able to propose 3 PaLS mentors in order of preference, if they have any. A mentor should always be a different person from a mentee’s line manager.
  • Training: A brief, lunch time training session will be delivered for both mentees and mentors to provide guidelines and advice on the mentoring relationship (October).
  • Matching: The PaLS Mentor Scheme organisers will match mentees/mentors as close as possible to their selected choice, although of course this cannot be quaranteed (November).
  • Start and duration of relationship: The ‘formal’ mentoring relationship will start at any point after the matching. It is suggested that the first meeting is arranged before the end of the calendar year. The relationship will last two years. The frequency and duration of meetings is up to each mentee and mentor. As a general guideline an average of 3 sessions per annum, each lasting 1/1.30 hours is recommended.

Ground rules

Mentees should dictate the rhythm and content of meetings for the most part, subject to their particular needs and of course the mentors availability. Meetings should take place at a mutually suitable venue and time. Confidentiality should be respected in all cases.

Record keeping

No record keeping is expected. A short questionnaire will be sent at the end of each academic year to both mentees/mentors in order to feedback to scheme organisers.


Aikaterini Fotopoulou and Cristina Gardini will act as primary points of contact for any enquiries or issues arising. They can provide information and support on the administrative process and advice on mentoring relationships. Any comments or requests addressed to them as part of the scheme will be treated as strictly confidential.

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