CLES One Step Beyond Mentoring Scheme

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences has identified mentoring as a key tool for providing a supportive environment for staff through its staff engagement and Athena SWAN focus groups and surveys. In particular it is recommended to improve engagement with women and underrepresented groups, which is a priority for the College to meet its inclusivity and Athena SWAN agendas. Phase 1 of the CLES One Step Beyond Mentoring Scheme is designed for academic and research staff. It is especially beneficial for those in their early career.

The 'One Step Beyond' Staff Mentoring Scheme is a cross-College scheme. It is a voluntary, but formal, arrangement whereby an experienced individual, outside the reporting relationship, holds regular meetings and discussions and takes a personal interest in guiding and supporting the development of a less experienced member of staff. The mentor and mentee roles can be included as an objective and recognised in staff PDRs. Participation in the mentoring scheme will also be recognised in the PDP process under 'citizenship'. Staff are eligible to take on both mentor and mentee roles. Any matters discussed between the mentor and mentee are confidential.

CLES Mentoring Champions

If you wish for further information about the One Step Beyond Scheme and/or have questions about mentoring in your discipline, you can either email or contact your discipline mentoring champion:




Biosciences (Streatham)

Dr Rob Wilson

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Geography (Streatham)

Professor Jo Little

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Sport and Health Sciences

Dr Sharon Dixon

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Dr Safi Darden

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CLES Cornwall

Dr Frank Van Veen

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CLES One Step Beyond Mentor Scheme Coordinator

Kitty Adhamy-Nichol

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