Mentoring arrangements group

Published: 23 October 2023

How can mentoring help individuals to develop and improve our overall workplace culture, and how does this working group support these important processes?

Group chairs Linsey Ip and Rona Strawbridge reflect on the aims of their group, and the importance of mentoring as a source of support and guidance as we develop ourselves, our teams and our careers

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Who are we?

Our working group members are drawn from across all School of Health and Wellbeing research groups and include academic and professional services staff and students. The original goal of our group was to set up a mentoring scheme in line with the existing examples of good practice from schools/departments with Athena Swan gold awards. Initially there was a focus on gender equality, however, the scheme evolved and, whilst we aim to build upon the progress already achieved with regards to gender equality, we recognise this is not the only potential source of inequality.

Why mentoring?

Our scheme aims to improve career development for all staff and postgraduate researchers within the school, assisting mentees to make the best decisions for their future and to aid the mentee’s growth and skills development. Mentoring allows the SHW community to learn and grow together, sharing experiences and knowledge. It encourages inclusion and diversity in the workplace and is an effective tool in our school’s efforts to create an inclusive and supportive workplace culture.

Get involved

If you are interested in hearing more about or joining the SHW AS mentoring scheme as a mentor or mentee, get in touch! We are always happy to welcome new members to our working group and are also currently recruiting a new co-chair from the research and teaching family. If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact

We look forward to hearing from you!

Linsey Ip and Rona Strawbridge
Chairs of SHW Athena Swan mentoring arrangements group

If you would like to join this Athena Swan group, please contact the group chairs – they'd be delighted to hear from you. 

First published: 23 October 2023