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Teaching Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme

The Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme pairs experienced Teaching and Research Academics (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide guidance and structured support.

This highly successful cross-institutional mentoring scheme developed through collaboration between the University of St Andrews (CAPOD) and the University of Dundee (OPD) has been running for over 10 years. We are proud to now partner with Abertay University, Glasgow School of Art and the James Hutton Institute.

Applications for the 2019-20 cycle close on 31st August 2019.

Those who have applied during the interim period need not reapply and will automatically be added to the matching process for 2019-20. However, you may be invited (via e-mail) to update your profile prior to matching.

Briefing Sessions

Upon submitting an application, all new participants will be invited (via e-mail) to attend a short (2 hour), compulsory Briefing Information session prior matching. 

This session will provide a background to the mentoring process and guidance around making the most of your mentoring partnership.

New mentors and all continuing participants are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about the scheme and / or refresh their scheme knowledge and mentoring skills.

The University of St Andrews

Tuesday 27th August, 10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday 3rd September, 10:00-12:00

The University of Dundee

Book Wednesday 28th August, 10:00-12:00

or Thursday 5th September, 14:00-16:00 (moved from the 2nd)

Password: Mentoring201920

(Choose your preferred date on the Eventbrite page)

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

Who can be 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

Who can be 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

How do I apply?

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


All data you provide will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR: please see the privacy notice: 


Once your application has been submitted you will receive an automatic email acknowledgment from SUMAC, our mentoring management system.


To ensure that this and subsequent emails do not go to your junk mail folder, please set ‘’ as a permitted domain in your email application. To do this in 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 (PDF, 899 KB)


For more information please see the Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme Flyer (PDF, 965 KB)

Briefing Sessions, Matching and Getting Started

Briefing Sessions

It is compulsory for new mentees on the scheme to attend a 2-hour Briefing Session at any location. 


New mentors to the scheme and those who consider themselves experienced mentors are also strongly encouraged to attend to learn about the scheme and / or refresh their scheme knowledge and mentoring skills.


New participants must complete a sign-up form for booking details and to reserve a place.

The University of St Andrews

  • Tuesday 27th August, 10:00 – 12:00, Parliament Hall or

  • Tuesday 3rd September, 10:00-12:00, Byre Top Floor Studio

The University of Dundee

  • Wednesday 28th August, 10:00-12:00 or

  • Monday 2nd September, 14:00-16:00

For Glasgow School of Art, Abertay University and The James Hutton Institute participants, please attend one of the sessions listed above.


 This briefing will occur prior to matching and will…

  • Help current and potential participants refine their mentoring objectives - this in turn has the potential to positively impact the effectiveness of the matching process  

  • Cover all the information that you will need to successfully navigate the mentoring process

  • Provide a useful guide and advice for those who are new to the scheme

  • Serve as a great refresher for those who have participated in previous cycles

  • Provide a great opportunity for cross-institutional networking


The Matching Process will take place in September when you will receive information from SUMAC and the scheme co-ordinators regarding your partnerships.


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 (PDF, 895 KB)


Getting started Sessions

Following the matching process, a Getting Started Session will be available in St Andrews and Dundee for all participants of the scheme.


These are events for you to network with other scheme participants, your local scheme co-ordinator and get further information about frequently asked questions, assistance with issues and guidance to get the best out of your partnership.


You are encouraged to attend these sessions as a partnership (mentor and mentee) but they are open to individual participants as well.

The University of Dundee (D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum
23rd October (12:00 – 14:00) 

The University of St Andrews (Bell Pettigrew Museum)
24th October (12:00 - 14:00)


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)