Human Resources

Athena SWAN Mentoring Programme at Birkbeck 2016/17

Birkbeck was awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in 2012, and one of the College’s key commitments was to investigate the effectiveness of existing mentoring arrangements within the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics) departments and develop mentoring opportunities as part of the Bronze Institutional Award action plan.

Pilot Schemes

A pilot mentoring scheme was developed and run in 2013/14.  Initially focussed on STEM subject areas, the Scheme was broadened to include all Academic and Research staff within the College.  This reflects the changes that have taken place in the College’s gender equality work and the revised Athena SWAN Charter. 

Call for new applications for 2016/17

This year HR will work in collaboration with TRIGGER, a four-year long European project running at Birkbeck with a focus on gender equality in science to run the mentoring scheme. 

The mentoring scheme is open to research, technical and academic staff who work at Birkbeck. 

We are seeking to recruit Mentees AND Mentors, who will be paired with the Mentees. 

Programme Benefits

The nine-month Programme brings together experienced colleagues who are able to share their insights on navigating careers and, specifically, preparations for promotion rounds within Birkbeck.  The Mentors, are drawn from a range of academic disciplines and have practical insights into how to plan your academic career and prepare applications for promotions and/or funding.  For Mentors, the Programme provides a useful opportunity to share your experiences and insights, whilst understanding the current career progression environment for academics. 

Participants on previous programmes have positively evaluated the Programme as a useful aid to career development and progression.  

What’s Involved

The Programme consists of:

1. Mentee/Mentor Induction Workshops – Mentees (19th January 2017) and Mentors (26th January 2017) will participate in a separate lunchtime induction workshop.  The workshop provides an opportunity to understand the role and expectations of being a mentor/mentee at Birkbeck, explore the mentor-mentee relationship, with a view to building on current skills and techniques to effectively coach and support a successful mentoring relationship.

2. Introductory Workshop –(2nd February 2017) A facilitated mentoring sessions where Mentees and Mentors are introduced to each other

3. Mentor Meetings – Mentees and Mentors are expected to meet at least once per month during the course of the Programme.  The meetings should be face to face, however, additional contact may be via other media, such as e-mail, WhatsApp, ‘Phone etc..

4. On-going support from TRIGGER to facilitate the success of the mentoring relationships

5. End of Programme Review (28th September 2017)– an end of year feedback and experience review to celebrate the completion of the Programme.

Refreshments and networking opportunities will be provided at all events.

REGISTER – deadline 5th January 2017

Click here to register as a Mentor or a Mentee on the Athena SWAN Mentoring Programme

If you have any technical difficulties please e-mail

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