The Professional Development Mentoring Scheme is now mid-cycle


Available to all employees of the University of Dundee who wish to be mentored or provide mentorship on universal professional skills or aptitudes such as career planning, strategic thinking, work-life balance. We openly welcome participants from all grades and job roles to participate in any capacity on this scheme.

This fully voluntary offering of development aims to

  • Partner experienced professionals with colleagues at an earlier career stage or juncture, providing guidance and structured support for personal, development, wellbeing or performance goals

  • Encourage inter-departmental networks by pairing mentors and mentees from different areas, which will increase our sense of community and break down working siloes, embracing a One Dundee approach


Signing up to the scheme

To join the scheme, please complete the application form online:

Please provide as much detail as possible to facilitate a good matching process.

All data you provide will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Once your application has been submitted you will receive an automatic email acknowledgment from SUMAC, our mentoring management system with further details. To ensure that this and subsequent emails do not go to your junk mail folder, please set ‘’ as a permitted domain in your email application. To do this in Outlook, click on ‘Junk mail’ on the menu bar, and select ‘Never block sender’s domain’


Briefing Sessions and Matching Process

New participants are strongly encouraged to attend a 2-hour briefing session prior to being paired. For new mentees, attendance is compulsory prior to pairing.

Professional Development Mentoring Briefing 

Please attend a short briefing to help you get the most out of your mentoring partnership. Briefings last approximately 90mins, with an optional extra 30minutes for questions and specific queries. If you are unable to attend one of the two scheduled briefings, a recording can be made available, please contact to request this.

Briefings will be made available for booking at the launch of the 2023 cycle

Professional Development Mentoring briefings can be booked on the OPD booking system


What will be covered?

  • Approaches to mentoring a range of skills used in partnerships
  • Key characteristics of mentoring as a developmental partnership and of the underlying principles of successful mentoring
  • Support tools to facilitate your mentoring partnership to be as successful as possible


The matching process will take place during February and early March when you will receive information from SUMAC and the scheme co-ordinator regarding your partnerships. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to the information provided in the application form so please ensure your application is accurate and as detailed as possible. Only briefed mentees will be paired and the number of mentors determines the number of matches able to be made. 


Contact Details

The primary contact is the scheme co-ordinator who can assist with guidance, queries, and issues relating to your partnership, as well as all other areas relating to your participation or interest in the scheme.

Scheme co-ordinator:

Eithne Graham 



Other Mentoring Opportunities 

The Professional Development Mentoring scheme complements other mentoring opportunities