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TRAMS resources

Welcome to the Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme (TRAMS) Resources page

  • Are you participating in the 2019-20 TRAMS mentoring partnership cycle?

    • Need a refresher regarding the principles of the scheme?
    • Want to find new ways to keep in touch with your mentoring partner?
    • In a long-distance mentoring partnership and need a little help with travel expenses?
    • Want to learn more about mentoring from mentoring-related books?
    • Want to find the continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities open to 2019-20 TRAMS participants?

Then bookmark this TRAMS resources page and keep up to date with your TRAMS-related resources and events.

Scheme principles refresher

View the TRAMS Online Briefing to refresh your knowledge of the scheme and review your mentoring partnership goals. Have your Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme handbook (PDF, 1,866 KB) on hand while you work through the briefing.

E-mentoring communication methods

Mentoring partnerships offer a unique opportunity for mentees to focus on their own development as researchers, academics and leaders. The benefits that can derive from this focus, and the long-term contribution that such partnerships can make to developing careers, professional practice and leadership capability.

As we navigate this new and unprecedented set of circumstances, your mentoring partnership may offer valuable insights into your own challenges both now and in the future.

With the above in mind, your TRAMS coordinators would encourage you to continue with your mentoring partnership and to schedule meetings as you would in more normal times.


Mentoring, as a one-to one process, is ideally suited to the use of remote working technology. Below are a few examples for you to explore:

Skype and Teams

Skype and Teams enable you to conduct your mentoring meetings from wherever you are, and whenever is convenient. They allow you to both see and hear each other – important when the communication that takes place needs to be as rich as possible – and allows you to share documents, slideshows and other media (through ‘screen sharing’). You will find that you very quickly adjust to holding mentoring conversations in this way and that you will enjoy and benefit from them almost as much as traditional face-to-face meetings.

Skype allows users to communicate with any other Skype user for free via IM, voice, video and screen sharing, and conference calls for up to 25 people.

Skype for Business:
Skype for Business supports connectivity with the consumer version of Skype and supports a maximum of 250 participants.

Microsoft Teams:

Many Universities are already using Teams to make calls, collaborate, hold virtual meetups and create online communities with anyone inside or outside their organisation.

Alternative platforms is a browser based video meeting tool with an emphasis on ease of use. There are three different tiers of depending on your needs: Free, Pro and Business. All versions allow for fast and easy video collaboration from anywhere in the world.

Google Hangouts:
Google Hangouts is a unified communications service that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one to one or in a group. Hangouts are built into Google+ and Gmail, and mobile Hangouts apps are available for iOS and Android devices.

Online CPD opportunities for TRAMS 2019-20 participants

The following events are open to all current TRAMS participants. If you have not booked an event via the St Andrews booking system, PDMS, before, please register and set up your PDMS profile (including dietary requirements) then search the system using the event title with the Audience Filter set to ‘External’.

Innovation, collaboration & business insights (St Andrews)
Thursday 16th July 2020, 09:30 - 12:30
More info & book

Attracting your own research funding: writing & applying for fellowships (St Andrews)
Thursday16th July 2020, 13:30 - 16:30
More info & book

Digital strategy: profiles, social media & connecting (St Andrews)
Thursday 23rd July 2020, 09:30 - 12:30
More info & book

Converge funding competitions and online events

Converge is the leading entrepreneurial development programme for all Scottish University staff, students and recent graduates.

TRAMS participants are welcome to join any of the Converge’s online events.

To learn more visit the Converge homepage or the St Andrews collaboration with Converge webpage

Institution-specific CPD

Research Staff and Academics are welcome to continue their CPD online.  Please view the full range of interim, online offerings available at you home institution ….

Abertay University

Teaching and Learning Enhancement - CPD opportunities for staff who teach and support learning.

University of Dundee

Organisational and Professional Development (OPD) - the University’s central provider of professional development for all University staff

University of St Andrews

Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) - the University’s central provider of professional development for all University staff (formerly part of CAPOD).

Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED) – the University’s centre for supporting and developing teachers, and home to the Learning Technology & IT Skills team (both formerly part of CAPOD).

Mentoring related books

You’ll find a number of books signposted in the back of your Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme handbook (PDF, 1,866 KB) but here are a few more you might find helpful.

  • Mentoring in Action: a practical guide by David Megginson
  • Mentoring Processes in Higher Education by DeAnna M. Laverick
  • One Minute Mentoring by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz
  • Mentoring Programs That Work by Jenn Labin
  • The Mentoring Manual by Julie Starr

TRAMS 2019-20 long distance mentoring partnership travel fund

This travel funding is temporarily unavailable and will resume once travel is permitted again.

As a participant in the TRAMS 2019-20 partnership cycle, you may be eligible to apply for travel funding (up to £50 per applicant) to visit your mentoring partner during the current partnership cycle.

This is a trial travel fund sponsored by a University St Andrews Russell Trust Grant awarded to St Andrews Coordinator, Diane Munday. It has been set up to support those in long distance partnerships only, and is not available to those travelling between St Andrews and Dundee (and vice versa).

Funding is available to those 2019-20 participants whose mentoring partner's institution is more than 15 miles away from their home institution. Each participant in the long-distance partnership can travel once during the course of the current partnership cycle (equivalent to two face-to-face meetings if each partner takes a turn to travel)

To apply, please discuss your travel plans with your mentoring partner, read the *Guidelines* associated with the travel fund and submit your request via the online form.


Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 7198

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Useful links

- Centre for Education, Enhancement and Development (CEED)
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