Mentoring Contract

Before you enter into a mentoring relationship, it is important to have a clear agreement between yourselves of what the shape and nature of the relationship will be.

It is adviced that before a mentorship is started, the mentor and mentee meet to talk and agree the basis of their working relationship. The questions below may help you to come to an agreement that suits you both.

The purpose of the mentoring relationship

What do both parties understand as the overall intention of the mentoring relationship?

  • What do you want to achieve from the relationship?
  • What are the boundaries of the relationship? How will you handle confidentiality?
  • How is mentoring support different from research supervision, appraisal and counselling?
  • The roles and responsibilities of the mentor and mentee.

The potential topics for discussion

It is always helpful to agree on:

  • The broad areas with which you are both comfortable as the main focus for mentoring.
  • Are there any limits or conflicts of interest?
  • Are personal issues acceptable to discuss?

The practical arrangements

  • How often do you want to meet?
  • Where will you meet?
  • Will you be available for telephone or email conversations in between face-to-face
    meetings? What are the limits to that contact? Will you respond to queries on
    weekends or holidays?
  • How long do you anticipate the relationship lasting? It may be helpful to discuss the
    future of your mentoring relationship regularly and whether it is still useful.