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The Elizabeth Garrett Mentoring Programme

The Elizabeth Garrett Mentoring Programme has been created for women in senior levels in academia at the University of St Andrews. It aims to support women in, or aspiring to, academic leadership roles, and to develop leadership capability.

Honouring Elizabeth Garrett

This programme is named in recognition of Elizabeth Garrett, who in 1862 became the first woman to matriculate at the University of St Andrews. Her name was later struck from the list of students and she was prevented from attending medical classes.

Nevertheless, her determination paved the way for other women, and she herself went on to accomplish great things, including becoming the first woman to qualify as a physician in Britain, co-founding the first hospital staffed by women, and becoming Dean of the London School of Medicine for Women.

It is fitting that this programme is named in Elizabeth Garrett’s honour. 

Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-ChancellorThe establishment of this scheme acknowledges the need to increase representation of women at senior levels of academia, including at St Andrews, and seeks to address this inequality. It aims to help women achieve their true potential in whatever capacity. It recognises that there should be no obstacles for women of ability.

The progamme is sponsored by the Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone.

Open for applications from 10th October 2017 to 5th January 2018.

The programme will be open for applications from mentors and mentees between 10th October 2017 and 5th January 2018.  Application will be via an online form. The link to the form will be available on this webpage from 10th October.

Mentor and mentee roles

Mentors may be members of the Principal's Office, Deans and Heads of School (current and previous), Directors of Research and Directors of Teaching from larger schools as well as professors.  Mentors may be male or female.

Mentees will be female academics wishing to benefit from a mentoring partnership in order to prepare for leadership roles, manage current leadership responsibilities, or develop leadership capabilities that can be applied in other roles.

Eligibility and scheme size

Eligibility of mentees

Mentee applicants must be women in academic roles, who are post-probationary and at Senior Lecturer (or equivalent research grade) or above, including Professors.

Scheme size

Eligible staff from all Academic Schools are invited to apply.  As this is a pilot cycle for the programme, scheme size will be limited, with the aim of matching 20 mentees into partnerships.  It may not, therefore, be possible to match all mentee applicants.

Duration and time commitments

Duration

Partnerships will be supported for an initial period of one year, but may be extended one year at a time.

Time commitment

Participants joining the scheme are making a commitment to dedicate time to their mentoring partnership.  The exact nature of this will be subject to agreement between the partners in each mentoring relationship.  As a guide, we suggest that partnerships have four 90 minute meetings during the year (or equivalent).  However, partners may agree to other arrangements and may choose to change this agreement during the life of the partnership.

Selection and matching

After the closing date mentee applications will be reviewed by a selection panel which will include the Principal and Dean of Arts (as the University’s Athena SWAN lead). This panel will agree the selection of mentee applicants to go forward for matching into mentoring partnerships. The intention is that there will be at least one mentee per school, but this will be subject to applicant numbers, suitability and distribution across Schools.

All mentee applicants will be notified of the outcome by email, and unsuccessful applicants will be offered a place on a specially developed career planning workshop.

The matching of selected applicants with mentors will take into consideration the compatibility of partners based on individual objectives and background, as well as any stated partner preferences. 

Briefing and support

Once mentoring partnerships have been confirmed, all matched participants will attend a short briefing session before their first meeting.  Participants who have already attended a similar briefing as part of existing schemes will not be expected to attend.

A scheme handbook will also be availiable in both hard copy and online formats, and further support for both mentors and mentees will be provided by CAPOD and the Dean of Arts.

All participants will also be invited to an optional networking event each semester, which will be hosted by the Principal.

Apply to join the programme

To apply to join the programme complete and submit the online signup form, which can be accessed from the link below (live from 10 October 2017):

https://sumac.ac.uk/account/university-of-st-andrews/scheme/236

Once the form has been successfully submitted, you will receive an on-screen acknowledgment followed by a confirmation email.

If you have any queries at any stage, please email: egmentoring@st-andrews.ac.uk

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If you have any queries or would like further information, please email: egmentoring@st-andrews.ac.uk


Poster - Elizabeth Garrett Mentoring Programme (PDF, 1,558 KB)

Guidance notes for mentor and mentee applicants (PDF, 1,552 KB)