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Mentoring: progressing women’s careers in higher education

Published: 01/04/2012

Investigating the factors that make mentoring programmes for women successful

womens-mentoring-coverAs part of a range of equality initiatives that shape institutional strategy, mentoring can help to address the gender imbalances that exist within the higher education sector.

However, there is significant evidence that women, especially minority ethnic women, experience greater difficulty in finding a suitable mentoring partnership. To address this imbalance, higher education institutions are developing formal mentoring programmes.

Based on case studies of five higher education institutions, this guidance focuses on key factors in developing and delivering successful mentoring initiatives for women in higher education.

Areas covered include:

  • What is mentoring?
  • Benefits of mentoring
  • Models of formal mentoring in UK higher education
  • Key factors to consider for successful mentoring schemes
  • Measuring the impact
  • The limits of mentoring
  • Recommendations

Supporting women’s mentoring in HE: literature review

This literature review highlights the main concepts behind mentoring and the key factors to take into consideration when implementing mentoring schemes for women in higher education institutions.

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