This page provides information on the QMUL Mentoring Scheme for Women
2014-15 — Launch of new call for the QMUL Women's Mentoring Scheme
The Diversity Team is launching the QMUL Women’s Mentoring Scheme for all faculties for 2014/2015.
The work the organisation is undertaking for the Athena SWAN programme, and the Gender Equality Mark has shown a disparity between the numbers of male and female members at higher levels of seniority i.e. beyond lecturer level. The mentoring scheme is one of the actions QMUL is taking to address this imbalance.
Male or Female Mentors: Should be Senior Lecturer level or above
Mentees: Should be female academics (lecturer / senior lecturer)
The Vice Principal Team would like to encourage more male senior academics to participate in the scheme to share good practice and experience. The mentees will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of all senior academics at QMUL, including senior males.
• To apply as a mentor or mentee, please fill in the form (link below) and provide as much information as possible to support the Team in the matching exercise. Please also forward a copy of your CV.
• Both mentors and mentees will be expected to undertake a half day training workshop in the new year as part of the programme. (20/1 Whitechapel Campus, 28/1 Charterhouse Square Campus, 4/2 Mile End Campus)
• Please note, places are limited on this programme so it is essential that you provide us with information about how you will benefit from it (mentees) and how you will contribute (mentors).
• Please send your completed form and CV to Rukasana Bhaijee, email@example.com by 12 January 2015.
2013-14 — Expansion of Mentoring Scheme for Women
Following a successful pilot in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, QM’s Mentoring Scheme for Women is open for all faculties for 2013-14.
Comments from previous participants
Being part of the scheme has made me think more strategically about what I need to do in order to progress in my career.
I have realised how rewarding mentoring young talents can be.
- Mentees: Should be female academics (lecturer/senior lecturer)
- Mentors: Should be of any gender at senior lecturer level or above
To apply as a mentor or mentee, please fill in the form via the link below and provide as much information as possible to support the team in the matching exercise. Both mentors and mentees will be expected to undertake a half-day training workshop in January/February as part of the programme.
If you are interested in taking part as mentor or mentee, or you know of an individual who might benefit from being part of this scheme, please contact Rukasana Bhaijee, Diversity Assistant, for further information or with your completed form.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: +44 (0)207 882 5519
QM pilot Mentoring scheme for Women
The SMD Athena Swan Self-Assessment Working Group recently investigated the issues of retention of women in academia relevant to SMD. The findings showed a disparity between the numbers of male and female members at higher levels of seniority, ie, beyond lecturer level. Our statistics are pretty much indicative of the imbalance in most academic institutions, and you can read about these in the paper.
- Download A New Mentoring Programme for Women Academic Staff at SMD [DOC 155 KB]
Several factors are known to be influential in women’s decisions to leave academia, not least the pressures associated with balancing family and career. A number of specific actions and schemes for institutions have been recommended as a means to help redress the imbalance; one of these recommendations is the implementation of mentoring schemes. Mentoring has been demonstrated to have many advantages, not least the provision of role models who can provide qualified, unbiased advice.
The SMD Athena Swan Self-Assessment Working Group decided to run a pilot mentoring scheme for women who are at lecturer or senior research fellow level. In this pilot 20 pairs of mentee and mentor relationships were set up which ran for approximately one year. Both mentors and mentees receive appropriate training and ongoing support on the mentoring process.
If you are interested in taking part as mentor or mentee, or you know of an individual who might benefit from being part of this scheme please contact Rukasana Bhaijee (email@example.com).