The Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme is now mid-cycle

Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme

The Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme (TRAM), aims to pair experienced Teaching and Research Academics (Mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (Mentees), to provide guidance and structured support.

The 2021-22 academic year marks the 15th anniversary of the highly successful cross-institutional mentoring scheme developed through collaboration between the University of St Andrews (CAPOD) and the University of Dundee (OPD). 

We are delighted to welcome Queen Margaret University Edinburgh for their pilot year. They join St Andrews, University of Dundee, Abertay University, Glasgow School of Art, James Hutton Institute, and Trinity College Dublin

Applications for this cycle closed on 31st August 2021. If you are joining mid-cycle, please feel free to contact to see if alternative arrangements are available.


To apply to join the scheme, please complete the application form online: SIGN UP FORM


Please provide detailed information on the application form as this what will be used to find you a suitable match. We request that you update your profile for each cycle.


The mentoring scheme was designed to meet the following four goals:

1. Share knowledge and expertise

2. Increase cross-institutional networking and mentoring

3. Support mentees with goal setting and career management

4. Support mentees in taking responsibility for their own skills and career development

As mentoring relationships form and progress, it is likely that pairs will formulate additional goals, specific to them.


Who can be a mentee?

You must be:

  • Employed by the University
  • Involved in Teaching and/or Research
  • Looking for guidance and support to develop their career
  • Able to commit up to one hour per month for up to 12 months to the mentoring partnership 

Who can be a mentor?

TRAM aims to pair experienced Teaching and Research Academics with colleagues at an earlier career stage to facilitate personal and professional development through support, challenge and review.

Great mentors are the key to success! 

Mentors can be:

  • Principal Investigators, Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers or Professors
  • Experienced in supervision
  • Actively interested in continuing professional development
  • Actively involved in research
  • Employed by the University in a teaching, research or academic role
  • Able to commit up to one hour per month for up to 12 months to the mentoring partnership


Applying to join the scheme

To apply to join the scheme, either as a mentor or mentee, please complete the application form online: SIGN UP FORM

All data you provide will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR please see the Privacy Notice

Once your application has been submitted you will receive an automatic email acknowledgment from SUMAC, our mentoring management system.

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’

OPD uses an online mentoring platform to process and store your data relating to participating in a mentoring scheme. This platform is called SUMAC, so be aware that emails regarding mentoring can come from both or from


For more information about the scheme and application process, please read:

TRAM Handbook

Guidance Notes

Information Leaflet

You can also contact the two central scheme coordinators if you have any questions about the scheme. They are listed at the bottom of this page. 


Briefings and the matching process

It is compulsory for new mentees on the scheme to attend a briefing which will be hosted via webinars or made available online, new mentors are also encouraged to engage with the briefing.

Briefing webinar dates will be made available for booking after signing up.

The matching process will take place during September and October when you will receive information from SUMAC and the scheme co-ordinators regarding your partnerships. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to the information provided in the application form. The number of mentors taking part will determine the number of matched mentoring pairs the scheme is able to support. 


You are able to withdraw from the scheme at any time.


Contact Details

The primary contacts can assist with guidance, queries, and issues relating to your partnership, as well as any other areas relating to your participation or interest in the scheme.


Eithne Graham: Dundee contact 


Dr Diane Munday: St Andrews contact