Pathway A: mentoring circles

With Pathway A: Mentoring Circles, you’ll have the space to network with others across the University, discuss your individual circumstances and actions in a holistic way, and work on your personal and/or professional development.

Mentoring circles work by matching a BME mentor with three or four mentees from different departments. Our aim is that you’ll make contacts with other BME staff, feel supported as part of a wider network, receive guidance in considering your own and/or collective issues and practical outcomes, and feel a greater sense of inclusion and belonging.

We recommend that you participate in at least four meetings over the year, or more if all are in agreement. 

We also encourage mentees who have gone through the scheme to become mentors themselves.

How do I become a mentee?

Fill in the Mentee A proforma (81kb) and send it to race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk by Thursday 30 June. We'll match you into groups 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.

How do I become a mentor?

Mentoring can be very rewarding as well as a great addition to your professional development. You will ideally be at a more senior grade than your mentees or have mentoring/management experience - but we're looking for participants at all levels and roles so if you are interested in mentoring please apply. We ask that you commit to having four meetings of one hour over a year; you can of course offer support additional to that should you wish to, at your own discretion. All mentors will be invited to an initial session to discuss and consider ground rules, approaches you might take, and have a chance to ask questions and raise any concerns you might have about being a mentor.

To apply to be a mentor, please complete the Mentor proforma (81kb) and send it to race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk by Thursday 30 June. If you’re unsure whether mentoring is for you, please feel free to contact Laura Hodsdon or Machilu Zimba for an informal chat.