Welcome to the Academic Mentoring Scheme at NUI Galway

What is the purpose of academic mentoring at NUI Galway?

The purpose of academic mentoring is to support the professional growth of the individual who is in the early stage of their career and to promote excellence in teaching and learning, research and academic leadership.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is the process by which a mentor empowers a mentee to build their skills and to achieve their career goals.  Support is offered at NUI Galway through a partnership of senior staff members and early career colleagues with the aim of developing staff to release their potential.

Mentoring in NUI Galway may be defined as: “off-line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking”              
(Clutterbuck, 1990)

Mentoring Process

An overview of the NUI Galway Mentoring Process can be viewed or downloaded here.


Mentoring Documents

 Mentoring Policy  The Initial Mentoring Meeting
 Mentoring Life Cycle  NUI Galway Matching Pro-Forma Mentee
 Mentoring Skills Checklist - Assessing Your Style as a Mentor  NUI Galway Matching Pro-Forma Mentor
 Record of Mentoring Meeting  

Principles of Mentoring

Mentoring is the process by which a mentor guides the career and development of a mentee.  For an academic mentoring relationship to succeed, it needs to be underpinned by the following principles:

  • Ownership of the mentoring process rests with the mentee and s/he drives the mentoring agenda.  The mentee is responsible for initiating contact with the mentor.
  • The mentor relationship is confidential. Discussions between the mentor and mentee must not be divulged to a third party without the agreement of both parties.
  • Academic mentoring is distinct and separate from the NUI Galway Performance Management Development System.
  • Mentoring is nondirective in its approach.
  • Mentoring is a relationship built upon trust and mutual respect.
  • The mentor empowers the mentee to take responsibility for their own learning and career development.
  • The mentor offers a safe environment to the mentee within which they can discuss work related issues and explore solutions.
  • The mentoring relationship places no obligation on either party beyond its developmental intent.

Benefits of Mentoring

Benefits to the Mentee:

  • Enhancement of induction for new staff and accelerates their learning curve
  • Increases in clarity and management of career goals
  • Opportunity to have own thinking and beliefs challenged
  • Development of a wider network of influence through engagement with their mentor
  • Provision of time and space to reflect, develop insight, increase self-awareness and confidence
  • Increase in productivity, effectiveness and contribution to career goals
  • Support in managing and developing relationships with others
  • Gain insight into the culture of NUI Galway, its formal and informal structure and how it operates

Benefits to the Mentor:

  • Development of a new set of skills and additional learning acquired from the relationship
  • Contact with early career academic staff and familarisation with their career development
  • Opportunity for reflective space and to gain personal insight
  • Satisfaction of developing colleagues and helping them succeed

Recommended Readings

Alred, G., Garvey, B. and Smith, R. (1998) Mentoring Pocketbook Alresford:  Management Pocketbooks

Clutterbuck, D. (2004) Everyone needs a mentor:  fostering talent in your organisation.  4th ed. London:  Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Kay, D. and Hinds, R. (2009) A Practical Guide to Mentoring:  How to Help Others Achieve their Goals.  How to Books Ltd.