What is mentoring?

to help and give advice to someone who has less experience than you, especially in your job

Definition of mentoring from the Cambridge dictionary

What is a mentor?

  • A professional person who is a wise, experienced, knowledgeable individual who
    either demands or gently coaxes the most out of the mentee (Caruso, 1992)
  • Someone who supports people to manage their own learning in order to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance, and become the person they want to be (Parsloe, 1992)
  • Mentors are people who, through their action and work, help others to achieve their
    potential (Shea, 1992)
  • An experienced, objective sounding-board with the power to influence events
    (Conway, 1995)

An Academy mentor...


  • Listen and give their time
  • Support, encourage and challenge
  • Provide a framework to look at options, to understand implications and to plan future action
  • Share experiences where relevant
  • Signpost, if asked, to information and resources - including people/networks


  • Collaborate on research
  • Apply jointly for grant funding
  • Get involved in matters relating to status, promotion or payments
  • Normally provide references
  • Directly act on behalf of a mentee
  • Judge the actions the mentee takes

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