New to MTU?
Would you like to be supported by an MTU Staff Induction Mentor for the first few months of your new role?
Experienced MTU staff member?
Would you like to become a mentor and share your experience to help new staff?
"Mentoring in this context is “.. a voluntary arrangement whereby a person, experienced in a similar role within the organisation takes a personal interest in guiding and supporting a person new to the role and organisation.”
The MTU Staff Induction Mentoring programme, promoted and supported by the Teaching and Learning Unit, is mentoring support provided to academic staff for the first few months of their new role. The key aspect of this support is that it is personalised and between the two individuals, designed for a particular purpose or situation for an agreed period of time. This is in addition to the normal induction arrangements provided by the new incumbent’s home department or HR.
“Knowing that I had someone I could go to if I had a question or a problem really helped me to survive my first few months.” Mentee
“My Head of Department was fantastic, but I didn’t want to run to her with every little question. Having a mentor was a lifesaver.” Mentee
“I found my role as mentor very satisfying. I remember what it was like for me when I started here and I was happy to be able to help a new staff member settle in.” Mentor
“I found myself rethinking my own teaching and making some very positive changes because of conversations I was having with my mentee.” Mentor
What is the role of the induction mentor?
Serving as role models, the Induction Mentors are MTU staff members who have worked in a similar position. Falling outside of the new staff member’s reporting relationship, the Induction Mentor’s main function is to provide support, information and encouragement to the mentee. Specific benefits include
- An opportunity to share experience and expertise
- A sense of personal satisfaction in helping to develop the potential of others
- Opportunities to avail of mentor / coaching approaches training
- Positive working relationship-building
What is the role of the induction mentee?
The Induction Mentee commits to harnessing the most value and learning they can from the mentoring relationship, while driving the mentoring process. Generally the mentee, acting proactively, is responsible for making arrangements and plans with their mentor (once introduced). Specific benefits include
- A smoother transition into the role
- A broader understanding and easier adaptation to the culture
- Assistance with setting and accomplishing personal development goals
- Increased confidence and internal network contacts
- A supportive confidante who provides a sounding board for ideas and plans
- Improved self-awareness and understanding.
Who is the programme for?
The scheme is open to all new staff or academic staff taking on new roles.
How long does the programme last?
Mentoring can be sought at any time during the employment period if it is identified during developmental dialogues between staff and their Head of Department, as a suitable support option. Otherwise, it is generally for new staff in their first semesters at MTU.
Is training provided?
Training and ongoing support is provided by the Teaching and Learning Unit at MTU.
Where can I get further information?
If you would like more information on our Staff Induction Mentoring Programme, be it as:
- Induction Mentor
- Peer Mentor
then you can contact the Staff Induction Mentoring Programme Coordinator:
- Shelley Crawford (email@example.com)
Alternatively, you can contact us and we can forward your query.