‌Welcome to Mentoring Schemes at the University of Exeter. These pages host a range of useful materials for mentors and mentees. If you have any feedback on the content of this site or suggested amendments, please contact


Application and Matching

Apply for the scheme, info about matching and FAQs.

Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring roles, responsibilities, expectations and outcomes

Training and Resources

Courses, resources, support and inspiration be a great mentor.

Why should I become a mentor?

As a mentor you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share valuable knowledge based on your own experience
  • Develop your coaching, communication and leadership skills
  • Improve your understanding of issues and barriers experienced by newcomers
  • Motivate and support someone to fulfil their potential
  • Help someone in your field put their skills and experience to work
  • Participation in the mentoring scheme will be recognised in the PDP process under ‘citizenship’ and in PDR objectives.

How will I be helping my mentee?

As a mentor, you are able to help your mentee by:

  • Improving their knowledge and skills
  • Providing advice as a guide to successful job preparedness
  • Acting as a confidante – a personal and professional sounding board
  • Sharing your networks and professional contacts
  • Supporting your mentee to develop and maintain greater confidence and well-being
  • Helping them to realise their full potential and progress their career
  • Providing improved performance and productivity

Why should I become a mentee?

The benefits of having a mentor are that:

  • Mentors, as well as acting as a sounding board and offering impartial feedback, are experienced professionals who are willing and able to help others and who use their own professional experiences to help steer and support mentee.
  • Mentoring helps the mentee to explore their ideas, problems and opportunities; it can be particularly useful in situations where people feel there is a block to progress, a problem that keeps recurring or an opportunity they cannot work out how to exploit.
  • Mentoring is of particular value for staff who are developing in new roles or who wish to develop themselves beyond their current role. Mentoring can also be beneficial for those in need of some expert insight and help during times of change or challenge.
  • Mentoring has been identified as a key tool in providing a supportive environment to staff, in particular it is recommended to improve engagement with under-represented groups.
  • Becoming a mentee should be included as an objective and recognised in staff PDRs.