Pipeline Mentoring Programme

  • mentor and mentee talking

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction"

John C. Crosby


Mentoring is a relationship of mutual trust where an experienced individual shares knowledge, skills and information to foster the personal and professional growth of someone who is less experienced.

The Pipeline Mentoring Programme is open to all academic staff and postgraduate students (PGR/PhD) at the University who wish to develop their careers, and take advantage of the mentoring opportunities offered. The scheme enables potential mentees to receive support and advice from more experienced colleagues, helping them to develop their careers and understand and overcome obstacles to career progression. The Pipeline is of particular importance to under-represented groups, and provides tailored support for the challenges of maternity leave and work-life balance.


Role of the mentor

A mentor is often defined as a professional friend or supportive challenger.

The role of a mentor is to provide a mentee with support that will encourage them to find their own solutions and tackle problems effectively.  A mentor should be a sounding board, someone to share ideas with and approach for help. A mentor needs to provide support by signposting a mentee into the right directions, often by challenging their assumptions.


Benefits of mentoring

For mentors

  • Job enrichment
  • Satisfaction of role modelling and sharing experiences
  • Development of skills: coaching, management and counselling

For mentees

  • Increased motivation through shared experiences
  • Development of skills, both personal and professional
  • Identification of learning and development gaps
  • Access to networks and organisational knowledge

For the University

  • Demonstrates commitment to learning and development
  • Improved communication across the organisation
  • Increased motivation of all parties involved
  • Helps develop diverse groups of staff and remove barriers that may hinder their success​

Pipeline Mentoring programme 2018-19

Staff can register to join the programme (either as Mentees or Mentors) at any time, but the mentoring programmes are fixed and run on a biannual basis (Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer). Programmes currently available are:

  • September 2018 - March 2019
  • March 2019 - September 2019

applying to be a mentor

Mentoring is a development opportunity that can be taken up by colleagues with substantial professional experience. A suitable person needs to be a good listener, who is committed to helping less experienced colleagues to achieve their professional goals and advance their careers.

Colleagues (female or male) who feel that they have a valuable experience to share with others and skills to take the role are encouraged to apply. Please download the registration form and send the completed form to PipelineMentoring@lincoln.ac.uk


applying to join the programme (mentee)

Participation in the Pipeline can be beneficial for colleagues who wish to develop their personal and professional skills and progress their careers in HE.

Colleagues who are interested in advancing their careers, need advice on balancing work and family life, or developing their research portfolio, are encouraged to apply to join the programme. Please download the registration form and send the completed form to PipelineMentoring@lincoln.ac.uk


How it works

On receipt of a completed mentee registration form, a matching exercise will be undertaken to ensure the development needs of the mentee are duly met.

The mentor and mentee are both responsible for arranging their mentoring meetings in accordance with their individual preferences (whether face to face, via email, on the phone or using technology) and time restrictions. Objectives, expectations and boundaries should be agreed, and defined clearly in the Mentoring Contract, during the first mentor-mentee meeting (See the Pipeline Mentoring Programme Handbook). After each mentoring meeting, a Progress Form should be completed by both the mentee and mentor.

There are no strict time limits for the duration of the mentoring relationship, but the Pipeline Mentoring Programme is based on a period of 6 months, which will normally involve 4-6 meetings. 


Contact the team: PipelineMentoring@lincoln.ac.uk