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Peer Mentoring 

Peer mentoring offers you the opportunity to connect with colleagues working at the University to give and receive support. Feedback shows us that discussing our learning with others helps us apply our learning back in the workplace, to support behaviour change.  

Benefits of taking part include: 

Benefits of taking part include: 

- Helping you to own your own development and identify areas you would like to focus on  

- Providing support and motivation in the key areas of career planning and development identified 

- Providing opportunities for a confidential review of options, strategies and decisions 

- Being supported to develop additional skills and experiences and build your confidence 

- ​An opportunity to get to know your colleagues and build cross institutional relationships and knowledge 

What skills do I need to be a good peer mentor? 

Peer mentors have an opportunity to use and develop key skills including: 

- listening and questioning 

- challenging each other to consider your learning and what you’re going to do with it 

- providing insights into ‘the way I’ve always done things’ 

- guidance and advice on any areas of expertise you have 

- being a positive role model 

- being curious 

- encouragement and to facilitate networking and building supportive connections 

- challenging negative/limiting beliefs​

How much time will Peer Mentoring take? 

​It is up to both partners to decide how often they meet, for how long and in what way. At the outset, please be explicit about how much time you are able to give and agree the frequency of meetings. 

Getting involved in Peer Mentoring 

At the University we are using Peer Mentoring to support behaviour change following any development activity. When you attend a centrally organised session you will be invited to connect with a colleague who has also attended to provide Peer Support beyond the session. 

You can also set this up locally where a number of colleagues are accessing the same resources and looking for a structure to discuss what this means to them in their role and what needs to change as a result of this development.