One Step Beyond

The 'One Step Beyond' Mentoring Scheme is a cross-College scheme, open to both research and academic staff in College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS). Participating in the scheme is an entirely voluntary, but formal, arrangement whereby an experienced individual, outside the reporting relationship, holds either one-off or regular meetings to support the development of a less experienced member of staff.

Mentees can approach a mentor directly utilising the online mentor database or be matched with a mentor. All mentoring relationships are established through liaison with the mentor, for a frequency and duration which suits both individuals. Our members can also post questions or requests for mentoring about a range of or specific issue(s) in an online forum, which all members of the scheme: mentors and mentees, can view and respond to.

If you are a Professional or Technical Services staff member seeking a mentor on a research or academic career pathway, you can also contact We will aim to assist your search where possible. 


All mentors should undertake the University Mentoring Skills and Techniques training prior to commencing any mentoring relationships if they have not already undertaken comparable training.

Mentor and mentee roles can be included as an objective and recognised in staff PDRs. Participation in the mentoring scheme will also be recognised in the PDP process under 'citizenship'. Staff are eligible to take on both mentor and mentee roles. Mentoring via the scheme is not intended to replace any mentoring already in place. Any matters discussed between the mentor and mentee are confidential.

For further information and answers to frequently asked questions, please see the One Step Beyond Scheme Handbook‌.

To participate in the scheme academic and research staff from CLES and CEMPs can complete an online application form throughout the year, accessible via the links below:

If you require printed or adjusted versions of these forms, please contact the scheme’s coordinators.

All mentors should complete the University’s Mentoring Skills training or a comparable course before commencing a mentoring relationship.

Applicants will be emailed a link to the scheme’s online SharePoint website which contains further information about the scheme, sources of support, the mentor database and an online mentor/mentee forum.

Staff can email the scheme’s coordinators for further information about the scheme and the contact details of local departmental or college mentoring champions.