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Manchester Gold Staff Career Mentoring Programme

Manchester Gold 2022 is open for applications from 1st March – 12th April

Manchester Gold is managed by the Learning and Organisational Development Team and aims to support staff career development across the University by linking them with the support of a more experienced colleague, to work with them over a period of 9 months. The programme has been running for over 16 years, and in this time has facilitated over 900 mentoring matches.

In 2020 and 2021, mentors and mentees worked together largely remotely. Feedback showed that 91% of mentees felt they achieved their goals and objectives from the programme, and 95% said they developed a good working relationship with their mentor.

In 2022 for the first time, we opening applications to members of Manchester University Alumni. Mentees may have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from outside of the University.

Who is Manchester Gold Staff for?

The scheme is for any staff member working at the University who would like support with their career development. Whether you are a member of Professional Services or an Academic, Manchester Gold could work for you.

Previous participants on the scheme have signed up for some of the following reasons, to:

  • Develop leadership, managerial or supervisory skills.
  • Assist with specific goals, such as achieving academic promotion.
  • Help define future career goals more clearly.
  • Discuss ways of balancing research and teaching.
  • Learn more about the way the University functions, and possible career routes available.
  • Explore ways of increasing grant success.
  • Get a different perspective on a specific work-related problem.
  • Consider how to increase the number of research papers you write and get accepted.
  • Address work / life balance.
  • Expand networks.
  • Develop specific skills.
  • Anything else related to career development!

How does Manchester Gold work?

If matched, mentees will be mentored by another member of staff between May 2022 and February 2023. Mentors and mentees normally meet four to five times over this ten-month period, and both will have the opportunity to attend supporting workshops.

The programme involves a time commitment of approximately 15-20 hours over the 9 month period.