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Global Majority Mentoring Programme 2022-23

“[My mentor] helped me to identify and recognize myself as a leader, which I hadn’t really done before…our conversations have made a huge difference on who I am, how I work and what I do.”

-Anonymous

What is the Global Majority Mentoring Programme (GMMP)? 

Through the programme we aim to: 

  • Improve career progression for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff by providing a platform to match mentors and mentees. 
  • Give mentees a chance to be partnered with a mentor from a different institution, broadening pan-London collaboration and giving mentees a space to seek tailored support from their mentor. 
  • Give the opportunity to network with other Black, Asian and minority ethnic professionals from institutions across the capital. 

The programme is run as a partnership between London Higher and London Metropolitan University. 

Who can apply to this programme? 

You can apply for the programme if you: 

  • Identify as being from a global majority background. 
  • Are an academic with a title such as (but not limited to): assistant lecturer/lecturer, or are an early career researcher. 
  • Are a junior professional services member of staff.  
  • Are keen to develop yourself professionally. 
  • Are willing to commit to the programme. 

We will accept applications from candidates with roles that go from the lowest grade in their institution (entry-level) up to roles that include a small supervisory element. To be eligible as a mentee, you must not already possess significant supervisory experience.  

You must also be a member of staff at a London campus of one of the participating institutions in 2022-23’s Programme. These institutions are:

  • Imperial College London
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London South Bank University
  • Middlesex University London
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • The Place
  • University of East London
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Sunderland in London
  • University of West London
  • University of Westminster
  • York St John University, London Campus

How was the programme created? 

London Higher and its members are committed to working towards building inclusive institutions that represent the global and wonderfully diverse city in which they are situated. We work with many talented professionals from the Global Majority, placing equality, opportunities for minoritised groups and a commitment to addressing imbalances front and centre. 

The Global Majority Mentoring Programme  follows on from 2020/21’s North London Leadership Programme (NLLP), a positive action mentoring scheme for Black, Asian and minority ethnic academics and professional services staff run by London Metropolitan University and City, University of London. The NLLP was led by Amaechi Echedolu, Training Officer and Co-Chair of the BAME Staff Network at London Met.  

Amaechi and Darren de Souza, Policy and Projects Officer at London Higher, organised and delivered the pan-London pilot in 2022, which involved 56 participants from 8 London Higher member institutions. 

London Higher and London Met now want to build upon this and to include more London Higher member institutions.  

Why is it called the Global Majority Mentoring Programme? 

We strive to use inclusive language and are aware that institutions across the London Higher membership may use terms such as (but not limited to): Black, Asian and minority ethnic; BAME; people of colour; global majority; and minoritised people.  

We anticipate that participants in this Mentoring Programme will be from the global majority – this includes White ethnic groups that are underrepresented in higher education, such as those from Roma, Gypsy or Traveller backgrounds. 

Why participate in the Mentoring Programme?  

This is an opportunity for you to work with a mentor and to support your own development, You will work with your mentor to set goals and be supported in achieving them. You will: 

  • Share your professional challenges and get advice from a more experienced, senior member of staff from a global majority background. 
  • Reflect on your own career progress and discuss your problems in a confidential environment with someone from another institution. Develop your goals more quickly and effectively by being paired with a senior colleague. 
  • Engage in open, confidential, and respectful dialogue about the cultural challenges and any barriers for progression your mentor may have faced. Gain an understanding of different processes, structures and challenges being faced within another institution. 

Networking sessions hosted by London Higher also offer you the chance to: 

  • Network with other professionals from global majority backgrounds working in institutions across the capital. 
  • Hear from a wide range of exciting speakers and engage in discussion on topics relevant to those working in London HE.  

What does the London Higher Mentoring Programme offer? 

1:1 Mentoring Sessions 

Mentees will have a minimum of four 1:1 mentoring sessions with their mentor. These sessions are to be arranged by participants in their pairs through Pushfar – mentees and mentors can choose to meet online or in person. We anticipate that each session will last for a minimum of 45-60 minutes. 

Networking Sessions  

London Higher will facilitate the opportunity for participants to network with other Black, Asian and minority ethnic professionals from institutions across the capital, and will run events with invited speakers throughout the programme’s duration.  

The format of these sessions is mixed – some will be online, and some will take place in person. Further details regarding dates and content of these events will be announced in due course.  

Leadership Development Workshop series 

New for 2022-23, we will be running optional, in-person Leadership Development workshops, which will be developed in conjunction with a partner institution. This brand-new element of the Programme aims to help us meet our ‘career progression’ objective, by empowering and upskilling mentees to move upwards in their career trajectory.   

Details for these sessions will be confirmed in due course. 

What is expected of mentees? 

In order to take full advantage of the opportunity on offer, you will need to: 

  • Be proactive in organising 1:1 mentoring sessions with your mentor.Be in control of the content of the agenda for these sessions. 
  • Be prepared to be challenged as well as supported by your mentor. 
  • Be committed – you are expected to attend all scheduled sessions as part of the programme. 
  • Be open and honest.  
  • Be professional.  

Pushfar mentoring platform 

We will facilitate this programme through the online mentoring platform, Pushfar. The majority of announcements, event sign-ups, discussion forms will be on here. 

Indicative programme timeline  

 Timeline  Activity  Explanation 
28 October – 30 November 2022  Expressions of interest from applicants are received by institutional contacts within the institution. Upon receipt, institutional contacts provide applicants with the sign-up form. 

 

Mentees should be Black, Asian or minority ethnic early career researchers or junior professional services staff. 

 

30 November – 16 December  London Higher and London Met will meet to match applicants. Successful applicants will be directly informed of their pairing via an email from Pushfar.  Successful participants will be informed of their pairing before Christmas, so that they can arrange initial contact before the in-person launch event. 
Tuesday 24 January 2023  A launch event and introductory networking session for participants of the Programme, institutional contacts, and sponsors.  This is the first opportunity for the cohort to network in person. 
w/c 06 February   Online networking session.  London Higher and London Met will organise an online session. 
w/c 03 April  Online networking session.  London Higher and London Met will organise an online session. 
Wednesday 26 April 2023  Coffee and cake drop-in session – mid-point check-in.  London Higher will organise an in-person drop-in session.  
w/c 15 May  Online networking session.  London Higher and London Met will organise an online session. 
Monday 10 July 2023  End of programme celebration event in person, with invited guest speakers.  London Higher to organise this celebration event. This will be an in-person reception to celebrate the Programme and network participants have built. 

 

January – July  A minimum of 4 mentoring sessions (approx. 45 minutes – 1 hour every four to six weeks).  To be independently arranged by participants in their pairs to suit the individuals. This can be done via Pushfar. 
March – July  London Higher and a partner institution will run a series of in-person leadership development workshops (details tbc).  This is a pilot element, new for 2022-23. Details will be confirmed in due course. 
31 July  Official end date for the programme.   

 

How do I apply? 

You must express interest to your institutional point of contact. Applicants will then receive a link to the Pushfar sign-up form, where you will be required to fill in your profile. These should be completed by 17:00, Wednesday 30 November 2022. If you do not know who your institution’s point of contact is, please contact Mentoring at London Higher (mentoring@londonhigher.ac.uk). 

How will I be matched to a mentor? 

Mentees will be matched to mentors based on their backgrounds, career pathways, appropriate level of seniority, areas for development that the mentee has suggested and other relevant information that is provided to us through your mentee sign-up form. Please note that as we strive to match participants based on best fit, you may not be successful for this round of the Global Majority Mentoring Programme. 

When will I find out if I’ve been matched? 

London Higher will then undertake the matching process. Please be aware that as participants are matched on best fit, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a place on the programme. If you are successful, you will receive an email from Pushfar notifying you that you have been matched by 17:00 on Friday 16 December 2022. This will also contain details of your mentor. 

When you receive details of your mentor, we encourage mentees to set up an initial conversation with their mentor, so that pairs have met each other (online or in person) before the programme launch event in mid-January. 

Who should I contact if I have any questions? 

If you have any questions or would like further information about this programme, the application process or clarification on your institutional point of contact, please contact Darren de Souza (mentoring@londonhigher.ac.uk).  

Video from the information session on 22 November 2022

https://vimeo.com/777583218

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