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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

We have an active central mentoring programme open to all staff at the University. The scheme looks to match mentees with suitable mentors from across the University. Mentors will usually be selected from another School or Division and be slightly ahead of the mentee in their career.

Mentoring takes place for one hour per month for up to a year. For more information on how to join, please see the side bar.

Mentors are supported with training and a regular Community of Practice to meet other mentors from across the University and build capability. Mentees can attend a one-hour introductory workshop on how to make the most of their mentoring experience. Both workshops can be booked on Eventbrite:

Mentor Workshop

Mentee Workshop

There are also a number of other 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).

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. The next sessionis booked for 7 December from 12-1 pm.Book here.

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

See the sidebar to book a place on the next CoP meeting.

Download slide decks from previous 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 or mentee. Please see the side bar on how to join the Staff Mentoring Programme.

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
T 01273 606755 ext 4806

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Looking for support from the OD team?

If you are a manager or leader and looking for support with learning and development for your team, complete this OD support request form to give details of the situation and expected outcomes, and a member of the OD team will be in touch within 5 working days.

How to join

To join the Staff Mentoring Programme as a mentor or mentee, please complete a registration form (which can be found here) and submit to If you would like to discuss the Mentoring Programme, please contact Organisational Development on

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. The next workshop will be online:

Book your place on Wednesday 15 March at 10.00 am.

Becoming a Mentee - How to Get the Most from Mentoring

We can help you find a mentor and grow your capabilities. Join an online information session to find out more:

Coming soon. 

Mentoring Community of Practice

Share best practice with fellow mentors based at the University. This session will be online but we are looking to run more in person events:

Book your place on Wednesday 29 March at 12 noon


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