FAQs for Academic Mentoring
Mentoring is the process by which a mentor empowers a mentee to build their skills and to acheive their career goals. Support is offered at NUI Galway through a partnership of senior academics and early career colleagues with the aim of developing staff to release their potential.
Mentoring is described as off-line, meaning that the mentor does not evaluate the current work of their mentee. As such, the mentee's Head of School should not be their mentor.
The mentoring programme at NUI Galway is open to all academic staff and new academic recuits. Staff who are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee should consult with their College Dean, Head of School and HR to support them through the process.
The mentor is an academic who has a proven track record in research, teaching, academic leadership.
The mentee is typically an early or mid career academic or new recruit to NUI Galway.
The mentee completes a pro forma when entering the mentoring programme, the information provided allows for better potential fit between mentee and mentor.
A mentee can select their mentor based on potential fit to their needs, subject to the mentor's availability. If first choice is unavailable, HR will assist in pairing with an alternative mentor.
Occasionally, a mentor and mentee do not click; this sometimes happens and there is no value in remaining in the mentoring relationship that is not working.
If the relationship is not working or cannot be sustained for any reason, there is no problem in requesting Organisation and Staff Development team to find alternative matches for either or both parties.