UCL Planning Team


PPM Mentoring Programme

The Project and Programme Management Community of Practice is running a mentoring programme for current and aspiring PPM professionals.

Following a successful pilot, the PPM Community of Practice is running a second cohort of the mentoring programme.

Mentors and mentees will be paired based on the best match of skill and knowledge. Mentoring sessions are anticipated to run once a month for up to twelve months from June 2020, with flexibility dependent on availability. Some mentors will be paired with participants of UCL's Associate Project Management Apprenticeship. To participate in the programme, all mentors and mentees must complete a one hour LinkedIn Learning session.

Applications for the pilot programme are now open. To apply, please complete the forms linked below. Mentor applications close on Sunday 3 May, and mentee applications close on Sunday 17 May. The number of places in the first cohort is limited. If you are not selected, we will keep your details on record and contact you when applications for the next cohort open.

To contact the project team, please email ppmmentoring@ucl.ac.uk.

What is PPM?

PPM stands for Project and Programme Management. A Community of Practice for people working or aspiring to work in this area started in 2018.

These staff may manage research projects or programmes of work that aim to invest UCL’s resources to improve operations in support of our academic mission. As a project or programme manager at UCL, you may currently use an established approach or methodology. A significant part of your role is likely to involve initiating or coordinating change, improvement or other projects or programmes of work.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a learning tool to support personal development. It usually involves pairing a more skilled or experienced person (usually in the same field of work) with a less experienced person. Mentors will often provide direction and advice and help mentees develop their career, skills, and expertise.

Who is the scheme aimed at?

This pilot programme is being offered to all members of the UCL PPM Community of Practice.

What's in it for you?


  • Fulfilment from facilitating personal development and encouraging others
  • Networking with like-minded colleagues
  • Assisting others along a path you have already been successful on
  • Enhancing the quality of practice of PPM across UCL
  • Enhancing skills such as coaching and constructive criticism


  • Obtaining career advice and direction
  • Help with identifying and clarifying issues, problems and obstacles
  • Sourcing new ideas and practices
  • Learning new skills and tools in the application of PPM to your work
  • Gaining the opportunity for networking across a broader spectrum than provided by the day-to-day environment
  • Improving confidence and knowledge in applying PPM to practice

Apply to be a mentor

Apply to be a mentee