As a highly competitive year-long practical programme, the Leadership Academy strives to create the leaders of tomorrow, through a personalised approach to leadership and professional training. The mentoring programme, as part of the Leadership Academy, is fundamental to the continued success of the course. The Academy is made up of a number of components for student leaders, including interactive workshops, guest speaker series, discussion groups such as book clubs and think tanks, drop-in sessions, a two-day leadership training residential, personalised mentoring from Durham alumni and partners and monthly newsletters with signposting to leadership opportunities.
Mentoring would involve meeting (online or in person) your mentee at least once every 6 weeks from the start of term in Autumn to the end of the Summer term, plus the opportunity to take part in our virtual talks programme, forums and a networking event with all students and mentors. In our programme, the role of the mentor is to assist the mentee with:
The benefits of mentoring are extensive, both to the mentor and the mentee in a number of ways. Below are just some of the ways in which our mentors and mentees have benefitted through being a part of the Mentoring Programme:
Mentors provide support to mentees across a number of key areas, including personal growth as a responsible and ethical member of the Durham University community, developing as a student leader, and preparing for a career after leaving Durham.
As part of the Leadership Academy, we host a number of talks throughout the year.
The programme has been a significant part of my development during my time at Durham. I would recommend it to any student who, like myself, has high hopes for the future, and is seeking invaluable guidance in bringing these visions to reality. I was mentored was Stephen Tunnicliffe, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at ST Engineering iDirect
As a mentor you have the opportunity to support your mentee in their personal development, providing the opportunity to hone their skills, and progress as leaders. Being part of the mentoring programme is entirely voluntary, but it is an important commitment for both mentor and mentee, which is beneficial to both parties involved.
The majority of the partnership will be focussed on development opportunities and activities, and you will agree the aims of this partnership with your mentee at the beginning, signing a Mentoring Agreement document, which sets out the following expectations:
Please find attached our Mentoring Agreement
It has, sincerely, been a highlight of my final year and I am only half joking when I say I have probably learnt more from it than my academic studies this year (don't tell my department...!). In particular, the mentoring relationship with Mike Webb has been (and will continue to be) invaluable going forward. From a professionalism and value-for-money perspective I would say it has been the best delivered part of my Durham experience.