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


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


Mentees should be Grade 6 or above and identify as BME. You'll be supported in your career development goals and plans by a more senior mentor (who may or may not be BME, Grade 8 or above) and become more equipped to work towards them.

You’ll also 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.

How do I become a mentee?

Mentees should be a Grade 6 or above University or College employee and identify as BME. Complete the Mentee proforma (79kb) and send it along you’re your CV to race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23. We'll match you with a mentor and you'll be invited to an initial session to meet other mentees and mentors and to start to identify what you want to get out of the mentoring scheme. Please contact us at race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk if you have any question or would like to discuss particulars informally.

How do I become a mentor?

Mentors should be a Grade 8 or above University or College employee. It is not necessary that you identify as BME (although we strongly encourage applications from BME staff). All mentors in the scheme will be invited to attend an initial session where you can discuss and consider approaches you might take, and a chance to ask questions and raise any concerns you might have about being a mentor; and which will include consideration of race awareness in relation to yourself and others and the challenges that may be faced by BME staff.

If you would like to be a mentor, please complete the Mentor proforma (76kb) and send it along with a CV to race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23.

Please contact us at race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk if you have any question or would like to discuss particulars informally.

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.