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Teaching Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme

The Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme (TRAM), formally known as ECAM (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.

The 2018-19 academic year marks the 12th 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). 

We are delighted to have Abertay University and Glasgow School of Art with us on the scheme again, and we welcome The James Hutton Institute for its first cycle.


The matching process for the 2018-19 cycle closed on 31st August 2018.

Applications are welcome at anytime but new applicants will not be matched until Summer 2019.

The 2019-20 cycle will launch on the 28th June 2019. Those who have applied during the interim period need not reapply and will automatically be adding to the matching process for 2019-20.

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 their mentoring partnership.

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, 895 KB)


For more information please see the Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme Flyer (PDF, 956 KB)

Briefing Sessions, Matching and Getting Started

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

New mentors are also encouraged to attend.


You must complete a sign-up form for booking details and to reserve your place.


University of St Andrews

  • Thursday 23rd August 1pm - 3pm or
  • Friday 31st August 10am - 12pm

 University of Dundee

  • Wednesday 22nd August 9.30am – 12pm or
  • Tuesday 28th August 12.30pm - 3pm

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 during 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)


Following the matching process, in late October, a Getting Started session will be available in your home institution.


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.


Dates, times and venues TBC


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)