Mentoring and coaching

Following many requests from researchers the Research Excellence Training Team (RETT), along with colleagues in Leadership and Development and partners at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Bristol, is piloting a small, cross-departmental objective-led mentoring scheme for research staff/postdocs initially in the following four departments:

  • Health Sciences
  • Physics
  • Environment
  • Chemistry

We are also drawing on mentoring practice and guidance from BBSRC and best practice at other universities.

If the pilot proves successful and resource permits, we will seek to widen access to researchers in more departments from October 2017.

Mentoring is a supportive relationship in which a mentor helps the mentee to consider careers, research and funding. It is referenced in the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, “Mentoring arrangements should be supported by employers as a key mechanism for career development and enhancement” and used by many of the research funders who include mentoring as part of their fellowship schemes. Mentoring is also a key part of the Athena Swan equality initiative. The University of York is fully committed to these initiatives and in retaining, supporting and mentoring staff, which is a key objective of the Research Strategy.

The University also has a pool of trained coaches which at present are under utilised by researchers. You may wish to have both a mentor and a coach for different purposes.

Please visit the Mentoring pilot for research staff web page for further information.

How do I apply?

Please complete either a Mentee or Mentor application form by 28 February 2017. 

What if I want a mentor and am not in one of the four pilot departments?

Please add your name and details to the ‘Expressions of Interest’ form. This will help us ascertain the level of interest in researcher mentoring and to determine the level of resource required to roll out to other departments.


The pilot Programme Co-ordinators are Karen Clegg and Lindsay Coomer. If you have any questions about the pilot please contact with the subject header ‘Mentoring Pilot for Research Staff’.  

 The contacts in the pilot departments are: