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Teaching Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme

The 2017-18 academic year marks the 11th anniversary of the highly successful cross-institutional mentoring scheme developed through collaboration between the University of St Andrews (CAPOD) and the University of Dundee (OPD).

This year, we welcome Abertay University for its second trial cycle, and Glasgow School of Art for its first trial cycle.

We have also re-branded to encourage more potential mentors and mentees to apply.

The Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme (formerly the Early Career Academic’s Mentoring Scheme), aims to pair experienced Teaching and Research Academics (Mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (Mentees), to provide guidance and structured support.

Great mentors are the key to success! The more Mentors we have, the more successful the 2017-18 cycle will be!

All matched participants will be invited (via e-mail) to attend a short (2 hour) briefing session

Please click below to learn more about the scheme and application process.....

Being a MENTEE

Mentees who would like to take part in the scheme should be:

  • Employed by the University

  • Involved in Teaching and / or Research 

  • Looking for guidance and support to develop their career

  • Able to commit to one hour per month for up to 12 months


Examples of Mentees:

  • New Associate Lecturers (previously known as Teaching Fellows) - upwards 

  • Research Assistants - upwards

Being a MENTOR

For continued success, the scheme needs great mentors who are:

  • On an Education and / or Research Focused Career Track 

  • Actively involved in Teaching and / or Research  

  • Experienced in supervision

  • Interested in passing on knowledge and experience and developing potential

  • Able to commit to one hour per month for up to 12 months


Examples of Mentors

  • Associate Lecturers (previously known as Teaching Fellows) - upwards 

  • Independent Research Fellows - upwards

Application process

To join the scheme, either as a mentee or mentor, please complete the online application form:


Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement email from SUMAC (our in-house developed mentoring management system)To ensure that you receive our emails, and they don't get classed as 'Junk', please set '' as a permitted domain in your email settings.  For MS Outlook: click on 'Junk mail' on the menu bar and select 'Never block sender's domain'.


Please ensure that you read the Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme Guidance Notes 2017-18 (PDF, 909 KB)


For more information please see the Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme Flyer (PDF, 1,070 KB)

Matching process

Mentors and mentees will be matched according to the information provided in the application form.  The number of mentors taking part will determine the number of matched mentoring pairs the scheme is able to support.  For further information please read our Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme Guidance Notes 2017-18 (PDF, 909 KB)

Briefing sessions

Participants who are new to the scheme, will be asked to attend a short briefing session which will run through the basics, and provide a space for any questions & queries you may have.  You will also have the opportunity to meet with others participating on the scheme and network. 


Sessions take place in both the University of St Andrews & the University of Dundee and you are welcome to attend either session irrespective of your home institution.  Abertay University will also be organising their own briefings at present.  The briefing sessions usually take place around October time each year.  Details of the next briefing sessions will be posted here when available.


Diane Munday
Staff Developer (Research Staff)
T: (01334) 462141

For additional Research Staff resources and materials, please visit the CAPOD Research Staff section.

Case Study - Early Career Academics' Mentoring - Blesson Varghese (PDF, 182 KB)

Case Study - Early Career Academics' Mentoring - Lewis Dean (PDF, 215 KB)