Mentoring & Support Networks
Participating in mentoring schemes can have a transformative effect in terms of developing your career goals, providing you with new perspectives, and increasing your confidence and self-awareness.
The Medical Sciences Division and the University provide a range of mentoring and support network options:
- The Divisional Peer Mentoring Scheme is open to both Research and Professional, Technical, and Support staff. The scheme is based on a format of peer mentoring circle, comprising of 3–4 mentees and one more senior mentor. The mentoring circles should run initially for a 12 month period, and applications open in Trinity Term.
- The Oxford Senior Women's Mentoring Network (Oxford Single Sign-on required) is intended to encourage women to explore their leadership potential within academic life, or within an administrative career.
- Pivot Mentoring offers two mentoring schemes for black and minority ethnic staff. For BME staff at any grade, Pathway A uses mentoring circles where you can network with others across the University, discuss your individual circumstances and actions in a holistic way, and work on your personal and/or professional development. For BME staff at grad 6 and above, Pathway B focuses on career progression by providing access to senior staff in a one-to-one relationship, and by providing space to consider targeted career development.
- The OxFEST Mentoring scheme offers mentors from both academia and industry, and can be conducted via email contact, face-to-face meetings, telephone calls or video calls.
- The Career Support Network is for administrative or support staff up to grade 8 in the University. By providing access to a number of managers and experienced recruiters, participants can receive confidential, impartial advice about an internal job application, a job interview, or with rewriting their CV.
- The Oxford University Coaching Network is is made up of University staff who hold coaching qualifications or training, who offer their time on a voluntary basis within their working hours to coach colleagues working in other parts of the University.