HR - learning & organisational development

Staff Mentoring

The University of Kent is committed to the career development and support of all its staff.

Having access to informal, constructively critical and supportive mentoring can add value to individual’s ongoing development. Mentoring positively contributes to an organisational culture that values depth and continuity of knowledge, encourages continuous learning, is inclusive and welcomes diversity, promotes creativity and takes a positive approach to change. 

Staff are already benefiting from a number of mentoring programmes, schemes and initiatives at the University which offer a wide range of varied mentoring support depending on individuals personal and professional requirements.

Mentoring at the University

University of Kent Probation Mentor (staff Grades 1-10) 
As part of the University probation scheme, a new member of staff will be assigned a probation mentor by their line manager to support them through their probationary period. The mentor will meet regularly with the mentee to give guidance, support in all aspects of working at the University and to help the new staff member settle in. For further information please visit:

Apprenticeships, internships and work placement “Training Mentor”
Individuals undertaking these types of roles may be assigned two mentors – a probation mentor (as outlined above), and also a training mentor. Although it is beneficial for these individuals to have a mentor who can act independently, confidently and provide advice and guidance on the organisation, its culture and expectations, it is equally as important for them to have someone with the relevant skills and knowledge who will be responsible for supporting them through their training and offer critical, constructive advice on their progress.

For further information please contact a member of the Learning & Development Admin Team,

Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education programme (PGCHE) and Associate Fellowship Scheme (AFS) 
New academic staff on the PGCHE and AFS programmes will be assigned a mentor from their school or department to offer and provide department specific support and guidance. 

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The Association of University Administrators (AUA) 
Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
AUA Administrative staff members are mentored by more experienced and trained professional staff from other Higher Education institutions to support professional career development. 

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Advance HE “Aurora” Programme 
Aurora is Advance HE’s women only leadership development programme. It offers an opportunity for women to influence their institutions and to develop leadership skills.
Women at the University of Kent, up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent, are encouraged to apply to the programme and if successful work with a mentor (in-house) to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities. The mentor will provide support and guidance to ensure the learning from the Aurora programme is implemented within individuals working environments. 
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Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) Scheme

The scheme partners experienced students with newer students to support their learning in specific modules. APM operates in participating schools and is co-ordinated by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). APM is a success strategy which helps students to make the most of their studies and effectively improve performance and retention. 

If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more, please contact the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS)

Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 764000 or contact us

Last Updated: 29/04/2019