Bristol Women's Mentoring Network

Bristol Women's Mentoring Network was first launched in February 2019 as part of the University's commitment to eradicate the gender pay gap and to create gender equality in our workplace. Since launching the programme, we have had two successful cohorts and despite the disruption of the pandemic, there has been positive feedback from those that took part in a mentoring relationship over the last year with mentoring relationships helping with work-life balance, wellbeing, developing interpersonal skills and more. We would encourage all eligible mentees and mentors to join the scheme and benefit from the power of connecting with others.

A warm welcome to The Bristol Women’s Mentoring Network from 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 will run from April 2022 until February 2023, with induction events taking place at the end of February.

What can you talk about in a mentoring conversation?
Broadly, a mentor may help you think about:

  • 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

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 1.5 hour online 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)
  • Recommended 4 x 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 Testimonials from those who took part in last year's scheme

"Provided a really valuable point of understanding and stability (and challenge - on the right things) through an exceptionally difficult time."

"All the women in my feedback group (at the celebration event) had been given sufficient increased confidence to apply for promotions/jobs for which they would have hesitated before. I am applying for accelerated progression as a direct result of my mentor."

"My mentor helped me turn negative situations into positive opportunities (during a) the lockdown and pandemic, and b) a huge department restructure and threat of redundancy..."

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 2022. We will ask people to express an interest in the scheme early in 2022. 

Mentee sign up

The next programme will begin in February 2022. We will ask people to express an interest in the scheme early in 2022. 

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.