Using Mentoring to Develop your Academic Career (11th and 28th June) – registration closed

Date(s) - 11/06/2021 All Day


This online workshop will be run in two half-day sessions.

The first session 11th June 9.30 am – 1pm, will explore what (academic) mentoring is and why it is necessary to have a mentor in order to develop your academic career. We will help you to think about what type of mentor/mentoring relationship would suit you. We then look at how to map and extend your existing academic networks and how you might use these in order to identify a suitable mentor.

The second session, 28th June 9.30-1pm, will concentrate on setting up the mentoring relationship and getting the most of it. We will explore some models which could help you structure your initial sessions, helping you to identify a topic, to work on and to develop a mentoring action plan. We will also touch on alternative and additional forms of peer mentoring such as ‘critical friendship’ and ‘action learning’. We conclude by sharing our experiences of being mentored and developing mentoring skills within academic contexts.

The workshops are deliberately timetabled two weeks apart in order to give you time to action the learning of the first part and to identify a mentor or several possible mentors. The second half then will help to give you the confidence to set up the mentoring session and to start to develop the relationship.

Speaker biographies

Dr Alexandra Bristow is senior lecturer at the Open University. Her research interests include the production and politics of knowledge in the field of management, management research philosophies, and academic work, identity and careers. She has researched (with Sarah Robinson and Olivier Ratle) the predicament, identity, work and careers of early career business school academics. She is experienced in training and developing management researchers.

Prof. Sarah Robinson is professor in management and organisation studies at the University of Glasgow. She has a long-standing interest in workplace learning and development and has researched (with Alexandra Bristow and Olivier Ratle) the learning and development of early career academics in UK universities. She is an experienced Action Learning facilitator and has considerable experience of mentoring and being mentored in the HEI context.

Recommended Reading:

Clutterbuck, D. (2021) Everyone Needs a Mentor (5th Ed) CIPD-Kogan Page

Additional Reading

Bristow, A., Robinson, S., and Ratle, O. (2019) Academic arrhythmia: disruption, dissonance and conflict in the early career rhythms of CMS academics. Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE)  18(2), pp. 241-260. (doi: 10.5465/amle.2017.0340)

Clutterbuck, D. (2005) Establishing and Maintaining Mentoring relationships: an overview of mentor and mentee competencies. South African Journal of Human Resource Management 3(3) 2-9.

Connor, M.P. and Pokora, J.B.  (2017) Coaching and Mentoring at Work (3rd Ed) OUP.

Costa, A. and Kallick, B.(1993) “Through the Lens of a Critical Friend”. Educational Leadership 51(2) 49-51

Jones, D. R., Visser, M., Stokes, P., Örtenblad, A., Deem, R., Rodgers, P., & Tarba, S. Y. 2020. The performative University: ‘Targets’, ‘terror’ and ‘taking back freedom’ in academia. Management Learning, 51: 363–377.

Kay, D. and Hinds, R. (2012)(5th edition) A Practical Guide to Mentoring: Using Coaching and Mentoring Skills to help others to achieve their goals. Oxford: How to Books.

Lancer, N., Clutterbuck, D., and Megginson, D. (2016) (2nd edition) Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring. London: Routledge.

Passmore, P (2021) Excellence in Coaching (4th Ed) CIPD- Kogan Page

McGill, I and Beaty, L. (2001) (2nd edition) Action Learning. London: Routledge Falmer.

Smith C and Ulus E (2019) Who cares for academics? We need to talk about emotional well-being including what we avoid and intellectualize through macro-discourses. Organization Epub ahead of print 12 August. DOI: 10.1177/1350508419867201.