Pivot

A University of Oxford mentoring scheme for Black and minority ethnic staff

APPLICATIONS FOR PIVOT ARE CLOSED FOR 2016. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF BME STAFF LOOKING FOR A MENTOR AS THERE MAY BE OTHER SCHEMES YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR.

The Equality and Diversity Unit, in collaboration with the BME Staff Network, is excited to launch Pivot, a mentoring scheme for any member of staff at the University who identifies as Black and minority ethnic (BME).

We know that people have different reasons for choosing to have a mentor, so rather than try to cover them all within one scheme we are offering two different pathways to make sure you get the support that you’re looking for.

Pathway A: mentoring circles

You can be at any grade. You will join a group of three or four other mentees with a BME mentor, to network with colleagues, get support to consider your personal and professional development, or use the group as a sounding-board to discuss work-related issues or challenges.

Pathway B: career progression

You should be Grade 6 or above. You'll be supported in your career development goals and plans by a more senior mentor (who may or may not be BME) and become more equipped to work towards them.

Whichever pathway you choose, you’ll be able to sign up for workshops complementing the mentoring schemes – exact topics will be based on what participants tell us will be useful, but themes will include leadership, management, networking, and other personal development skills.

Key principles of Pivot are that:

  • Participation is on a voluntary basis.
  • Mentoring conversations are confidential and private.
  • The mentor is outside the mentee's direct line management chain or area of work.