Bristol Women's Mentoring Network

A warm welcome to The Bristol Women’s Mentoring Network.

"This Network was created to help foster women’s career development across the University of Bristol.  We launched the pilot of this scheme in February 2019 as part of our commitment to eradicating the gender pay gap and creating gender equality in our workplace. I was delighted that the initial response was so popular, with over 170 women joining the network in its first year.

The Network provides opportunities for female colleagues to engage in quality conversations about promotion and career development, supported by leadership training and mentoring. The primary purpose of the scheme is to support and develop female leadership and career progression and key areas covered within mentoring include:

  • Reviewing career options, planning, promotion and progression
  • Developing interpersonal skills and working relationships
  • Understanding the expectations and requirements of your current role
  • Working out work-life balance, wellbeing and managing flexibility

This network is already proving to be effective, with the first cohort of mentees reporting that it provides a confidential space for reflection and challenge that has enabled them to develop their thinking and plans for the future.

I would encourage eligible mentees and mentors to join the scheme and benefit from the power of connecting with others.  As a mentor, I have gained much insight and understanding from these sessions and look forward to working with other mentees in the future."

Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost


Information on joining the Bristol Women's Network


Who is eligible to be a mentee?
All women both academic and professional services on grades K, L & M, who have not previously been matched on the scheme in a 1:1 set up. 

Who is eligible to be a mentor?
Males and Females from both academic, professional services & University of Bristol Alumni grades K, L, M & X.

When does the scheme run?
The scheme has one cycle a year, starting with Induction events in January and running until November.

How many times will I meet my mentor?
We ask you to meet a minimum of four times throughout the year.

How do I sign up?
If you are eligible you will be emailed when the scheme opens. You will need to fill out an 'Expression of Interest' form and we will contact you to confirm a date for your induction session (if required). You can also fill out the EoI form in the right-hand column of this page.

What are the time commitments?

  • A 2.5 hour Induction session (you do not need to attend if you have previously attended either the 'launch event' for the mentoring network or a 'CREATE Introduction to mentoring' session)
  • Your 4x 1 hour mentoring sessions 
  • We will ask for your feedback at the halfway point and at the end of the scheme via a short online survey

Mentor Testimonial

"I love mentoring. It is such a privilege to be part of other people's life's. And such a joy and inspiration when those you mentee make big changes and move forward. Don't get me wrong- mentoring is challenging, but in a good way. It forces you to inspect your values and culture and decide whether you are going to keep them or leave them at the door. It opens your eyes to the things in your life that are good, and take account of the changes you have had to make to get where you are. Everybody should have a mentor, and we should all embrace the opportunity to be a mentor as it is an enriching experience." Professor Esther Crawley, Professor of Child Health

Mentor sign up

The next programme will begin in February 2020 - Fill out this short survey to express your interest.

Mentee sign up

The next programme will begin in February 2020 - Fill out this short survey to express your interest.

Mentor of the year

We are very pleased to announce that Esther Crawley won Mentor of the Year: Public Sector in the Hargreaves Lansdown South West Mentoring Awards 2020.

Mid Scheme Evaluation 2019

Download the Mid Scheme Evaluation Info graphics 2019 (PDF, 179kB)

Wellbeing resources

Please use the resources we've listed here to help look after yourself and your colleagues.

Further resources for Mentors & Mentees

Find more information on mentoring here.