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Professional Development

What is mentoring and what does it offer?


The University is committed to continuing professional development (CPD) and supports mentoring as part of this.

“to help and support people to manage their own learning in order to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance, and become the person they want to be”

Parsloe 1992

Mentoring is a relationship which supports learning and experimentation and helps individuals develop their potential through guidance and support from someone more experienced.

Informal relationships are highly valuable and are key to collegiality and there is also real benefit to having a more structured and conscious framework for mentoring relationships that endure, and that is the main focus of these web pages.

A mentoring relationship is one where both mentor and mentee recognise the need for personal development.  Successful mentoring is based upon trust and confidentiality.  Many people will experience mentoring either personally or professionally and the impact it has can be significant.  The role of a mentor is to encourage the personal and professional development of their mentee through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience.  Being part of a mentoring relationship, as a mentor or mentee, can increase engagement at work.

University Testimonials

Click here to watch video testimonials and find out what our colleagues are saying about the benefits of mentoring. Click the back button at the top left of the screen to return to mentoring pages


What does mentoring offer?

All mentoring relationships are unique and as such, a mentor can provide support in a number of ways by acting as;

mentoring offers


mentor benefits

What are the main benefits?

Becoming a mentor provides:

mentee benefits

Becoming a mentee provides:

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