Eastern Arc Mentoring Scheme 2023/24: Open for applications

18 July 2023

Eastern Arc offers us the chance to go beyond the limits of our own university and work creatively with colleagues across the consortium. The 2023/24 programme is now open for applications, and this year we are extending the scheme to include professional services colleagues and technicians. The deadline for the scheme is 30 September 2023. To apply, complete this simple form (MS Forms).

Feedback from previous years’ cohorts

The EARC mentoring scheme has been running for three years, and over 130 colleagues have taken part. At the end of each year we get feedback from the participants.

Over 94% have said that it the experience met their expectations, with some suggesting it had gone ‘above and beyond,’ and was ‘hugely rewarding’. Mentees have appreciated having ‘an external, objective view, sounding board, and advice’, ‘having someone to talk with about my feelings towards the new role,’ and ‘finding someone who ‘gets’ me and having unconditional support from someone with lots of experience of what you have been through.’
For some, the experience was significant. ‘I am not exaggerating when I say this experience has been life changing,’ wrote one mentee. ‘It made me realise I do have a place in academia and that I am allowed to take up space, and find meaningful ways to work, I don’t just have to be grateful for whatever scraps my employers throw my way.’

For both mentor and mentee, it was an opportunity to ‘shake up set ways of thinking, whether that be ‘It doesn’t have to be done like this’ or ‘Thank God my institution doesn’t do things like that’: both are equally illuminating and helpful.’

How to apply for the scheme

The scheme is now open, and the deadline for applications is 30 September 2023. To apply, complete this simple form (MS Forms).

Further information

More information is available on our dedicated webpage here. For specific questions about the scheme, contact Phil Ward. If you would like to talk informally to the academic lead for the scheme, contact Tracey Loughran.


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