Welcome to the Mentoring Scheme at NUI Galway

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.

Upcoming Mentor/Mentee Training

Please email learninganddevelopment@nuigalway.ie to express your interest in the next Mentor / Mentee training dates of 2022, which are as follows:

  • Mentor Workshop 24th August
  • Mentee Workshop 21st September
  • Mentor Workshop 29th September

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 familiarisation with their career development
  • Opportunity for reflective space and to gain personal insight
  • Satisfaction of developing colleagues and helping them succeed

Roles and Responsibilities

Mentor Responsibilities

Generally a Mentor will hold a position that is more senior or has more experience in an area that is of interest to the Mentee. The Mentoring relationship is driven by the Mentee.

The Mentor may at times be a role model or sounding board and at other times challenger, advisor or facilitator. However irrespective of role, the Mentor will demonstrate the highest professional standards and also demonstrate a range of personal attributes in each of those roles which includes:

  • An interest in developing themselves and others
  • Excellent listening ability
  • Being accessible and available
  • Capable of building trust and maintaining confidentiality
  •  Remaining constructive with the focus on the development of the Mentee

Mentee Responsibilities

The Mentee has a role in ensuring the success of the Mentoring relationship and can add to the success of a Mentoring relationship through;

  • A willingness to engage in career development opportunities
  • Being open and honest in discussing with the Mentor what it is they would like to achieve from the relationship
  • Appreciating and respecting the commitment on the part of the Mentor
  • Maintaining confidentiality

College or School Responsibilities

Each College/School/Unit will identify a nominated “mentor champion” who will support the Mentoring programme within their unit. The mentor champion will be supported by Human Resources/L&D in:

  • Facilitating the Mentoring process within their unit by encouraging Mentees and Mentors to engage in the process
  • Championing and reporting on mentoring as a KPI at school and unit executive level
  • Meeting with potential Mentors, where appropriate, to discuss suitability for the Mentor role
  • Gathering mentor/mentee nominations within their area
  • Facilitating reflective practice to champion Mentoring

Human Resources Responsibilities

HR will work and support the each College/School/Unit by:

  •  Organising briefing sessions on the mentoring policy
  • Organising and scheduling mentor and mentee workshops
  • Assisting with review of the process
  • Assisting with pairing of mentors/mentees
  • Supporting reflective practice by gathering and providing relevant data without breaching mentor/mentee confidentiality

Mentoring Documents

The NUI Galway Mentoring Framework is available to view or download here: NUI Galway Mentoring Framework/Creat Meantóireachta OÉ Gaillimh

How to Register your Interest

Mentees
  1.    Read the NUI Galway Mentoring Framework to get a full understanding of the process and the roles and responsibilities.
  2.    Register your interest with your local Mentor Champion or Head of School/Unit*.
  3.    Nominations from each area will be forwarded to Learning & Development for intake twice yearly (January and July).
  4.   Mentee to complete Mentee Pairing Form to assist with matching Mentee and Mentor.
  5.   If you have a Mentor in mind or you have already connected with one, please advise Learning and Development in advance.
  6.   Mentee can then register for upcoming workshops which we will be advertised on the Learning and Development webpage.

*If you would prefer to register your interest discreetly please contact Mark & Rachel at learninganddevelopment@nuigalway.ie or via MS Teams.

Mentors
  1.    Read the NUI Galway Mentoring Framework to get a full understanding of the process and the roles and responsibilities.
  2.    Register your interest with your local Mentor Champion or Head of School/Unit*.
  3.    Nominations from each area will be forwarded to Learning & Development for intake twice yearly (January and July).
  4.    Mentor to complete Mentor Pairing Form to assist with matching Mentor and Mentee.
  5.    Mentor can then register for upcoming workshops which we will be advertised on this Learning and Development webpage.

*If you would prefer to register your interest discreetly please contact Mark & Rachel at learninganddevelopment@nuigalway.ie or via MS Teams.

Local Mentor Champions

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor Champion for your area, please contact Mark & Rachel at learninganddevelopment@nuigalway.ie or via MS Teams.

Mentoring Champions

Area

College

Prof. Gary Donohoe

Psychology

Arts

Prof. Kevin Leydon

Soc & Pol

Arts

Prof. Enrico Dal Lago

History & Philosophy

Arts

Sharon Glynn

Pathology

Medicine

Dr. Georgina Gethin

Nursing & Midwifery       

Medicine

Dee Sheridan

Medicine

Medicine

Rosemary Geoghegan

Paediatrics

Medicine

Stasha Antonijevic-Elliot

Speech and Language Therapy

Medicine

Mary Pat O'Malley-Keighran

Speech and Language Therapy

Medicine

Prof. Colette Kelly

Health Promotion

Medicine

Ruth McMenamin

Speech and Language Therapy

Medicine

 

Mentoring Materials 

 
 

 

Downloads

  • Annual Leave Policy

    Annual Leave Policy DOC (62 KB)

  • Staff Anti-Bullying Policy

    Staff Anti-Bullying Policy PDF (756 KB)

  • Staff Handbook

    Staff Handbook PDF (14.2 MB)