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.

Cross-institution mentoring

We have a reciprocal relationship with the University of Brighton with regards to mentoring. If you are a prospective mentor or mentee and would like to be matched with someone from Brighton, please specify this on your mentoring registration form and we will look to find you a suitable match.

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.

For more information about CoP, please see About the Community of Practice for Mentors [DOCX 16.91KB].

The next meeting of the CoP will be held 29 January 2020. See the sidebar to book a place.

Download slide decks from the first five meetings of the Mentoring Community of Practice

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 information in one place:

Guide for Mentors [PDF 2.36MB]

Guide for Mentees [PDF 2.04MB]

Mentoring training and events

Effective Mentoring Skills for Mentors

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

Becoming a Mentee - How to Get the Most from Mentoring

We can help you find a mentor and grow your capabilities. Come along to an information session to find out more. Book a place on Sussex Direct.

Mentoring Community of Practice

Share best practice with fellow mentors based at the University. Book a place on Sussex Direct

What managers say

Head shot of Professor Malcolm Reed

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