GROW with a mentoring programme tailored for professional services staff

All professional colleagues, both in Professional Services and academic departments, are invited to take part in our 2020 GROW Mentoring programme. The six-month programme runs each year from March and aims to help enhance your skills, maximise your potential and consider your career path by working with mentors from across the University.

The GROW Programme matches you carefully to a mentor who will give you one-to-one sessions to support your learning, development and pastoral needs. You can also take part in a mentoring circle with other mentees in the programme, sharing your experiences and best practice as you grow together.

The programme will support you to develop new skills, broaden your knowledge of the University and expand your networks. The programme is tailored around your needs and aspirations. Your mentor can help you consider the next steps in your career or even help you to better manage your work/life balance. You can also call on your mentor's experience to help you prepare for a change at work or respond to a problem that you may be facing at work.

Colleagues from any grade or level of experience are invited to take part in GROW. All five faculties and Professional Services departments can take part.


Take part in GROW in three easy steps:

Step #1: Attend a welcome workshop held at either the Alfred Denny or ICOSS Conference Room. There will be a variety of welcome workshops giving more information for new mentors and mentees running from Thursday, 5 December 2019 to Tuesday 28 January 2020. Book your place at a welcome workshop

Step #2: Join the programme online from 2 January 2020. Registration closes at the end of January 2019.

Register to join the programme

Step #3: Find out who you are matched with from 1 March 2020 and enjoy taking part in the mentoring programme

Calling all mentors

To support the growing number of mentees applying for places on the programme, we are keen to recruit new mentors from across all grades to join the existing pool of trained professional services staff who make this programme possible. We are particularly keen to encourage technical staff to get involved.

The time commitment is low, involving three to four meetings in a six-month period. You can also apply to be a mentor and a mentee on the programme at the same time. If you want to learn more and register your interest as a mentor, email GROW at

For more information follow GROW on Twitter @grow_programme or visit the GROW web pages.

Former participants share their feedback about the programme:

"The mentoring partnership has been very valuable to me this year, and has assisted me in finding a new role within the University”.

“I ended up discussing something that I hadn't indicated on my application form and gained a really new perspective on my career.”

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