Organisational Development


These pages provide practical guidance, resources and advice for those who wish to participate in or establish mentoring schemes in Schools or Divisions at the University.

Why mentoring?

Mentoring is a powerful method of professional development; it can benefit individuals across all job roles and functions, within any department or discipline. Mentoring skills can also be useful in many day-to-day work interactions, so you do not have to be engaged in a formal mentoring arrangement to benefit from the information here.

Find out more about mentoring and how it works.

Mentoring at the University of Sussex

It is our hope that the framework set out on these pages will encourage new schemes so that everyone at the Sussex has the opportunity to participate in mentoring. 

There are indeed a number of pre-existing mentoring schemes at the University, these include: the Library mentoring scheme, early-career mentoring for researchers from the Research Office, Sussex Alumni as well as academic mentoring in schools (contact schools directly for more information).

We are currently encouraging all schools and departments to set-up a mentoring scheme. If you would like to establish a scheme in your School or Department please contact Organisational Development.

Community of Practice for Mentoring

The Mentoring Community of Practice (CoP) meets to discuss mentoring experiences, share best practice and build mentoring capability. If you are an existing mentor or have an interest in becoming one, you are very welcome to attend.

The date for the next meeting is 3rd April 2019. The meeting will focus on the early stages of a mentoring relationship: chemistry, contracting and boundaries. To find out more and book a place contact us at

Look out for future developments here and in internal communications.

Get involved with mentoring

This site provides a framework for those who wish to get involved with mentoring as a mentor, mentee or as a scheme coordinator.

Organisational Development is running a number of workshops for mentors over the next academic year. Please log into Sussex Direct here to see the upcoming dates and book a place.

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
T 01273 606755 ext 4806

Mentoring Scheme Guides

See our handy guides for all the info in one place:

Guide for Mentors [PDF 2.36MB]

Guide for Mentees [PDF 2.04MB]

Guide for Coordinators [PDF 3.38MB]

Mentoring training and events

Career Mentoring and Networking at Brighton, Sussex and BSMS

Join us on 20 March to hear about new cross-institution mentoring opportunities for all staff. Book your free place on Eventbrite

Effective Mentoring Skills for Mentors

We run workshops for staff who are new to mentoring. Book a place on Sussex Direct.

Community of Practice for Mentoring

The date for the next meeting is 3 April 2019. To find out more and book a place contact us at

What managers say

Head shot of Professor Malcolm Reed

"It’s a very valuable use of time.”
Prof. Malcolm Reed, Dean of BSMS

Mentoring scheme coordinators


Jenny Holmes, Project Officer (Athena Swan),, 01273 641229

Business School

Juliet Williams, Student Experience Officer,, ext 2723

External Relations

Eleanor Cartwright, Marketing Manager,, ext 8245


Sue Chapman, Finance Training and Development Manager,, ext 6604


Sally Faith, Head of Library Planning & Operations,, ext 7833