** please note**

The Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme will no longer be actioning any applications for the current cycle.

You can still sign up to the scheme at the links below but you will not be matched until the next cycle which will begin early 2019/20 


Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme

The Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme (TRAM), formally known as ECAM (the Early Career Academic’s Mentoring Scheme), aims to pair experienced Teaching and Research Academics (Mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (Mentees), to provide guidance and structured support.

The 2018-19 academic year marks the 12th 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 have Abertay University, Glasgow School of Art with us on the scheme again and welcome The James Hutton Institute for its first cycle. The scheme is now open for sign-up with applications closing on 31st August 2018.


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: https://sumac.ac.uk/account/university-of-st-andrews/scheme/1

All data you provide will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR please see the privacy notice: https://sumac.ac.uk/privacy.php 

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 ‘@mentoringscotland.org.uk’ 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’

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

‌‌Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme Handbook

Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme Guidance Notes for Applicants

Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme Leaflet


The matching process, Briefings and Getting Started Sessions


It is compulsory for new mentees on the scheme to attend a 2-hour Information Briefing at any location, new mentors are also encouraged to attend.

You must complete a sign-up form for booking details and to reserve your place.


University of Dundee

  • Wednesday 22nd August 10am – 12pm or
  • Tuesday 28th August 1pm - 3pm

 Please contact mentoring@dundee.ac.uk if you are unable to attend a briefing but wish to be matched in this cycle


University of St Andrews

For Glasgow School of Art, Abertay University and The James Hutton Institue participants, please attend one of the sessions listed above.

The matching process will take place during September 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.  For further information please read our Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme Guidance Notes for Applicants


Getting Started Sessions

These are events for you to network with other scheme participants, your local scheme co-ordinator and get further information about frequently asked questions, assistance with issues and guidance to get the best out of your partnership. You are encouraged to attend these sessions as a partnership (mentor and mentee) but they are open to individual participants as well.

The Getting Started Sessions available in Dundee and St Andrews are open for all participants of the scheme.

The University of Dundee (D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum
23rd October (12:00 – 14:00) 


The University of St Andrews (Bell Pettigrew Museum)
24th October (12:00 - 14:00)


Contact Details

The primary contact are the scheme co-ordinators who can assist with guidance, queries and issues relating to your partnership, the briefings, evaluation process and applications as well as all other areas relating to your participation or interest in the scheme.

Eithne Graham

Dundee contact 

e: mentoring@dundee.ac.uk 

 Diane Munday

St Andrews contact

e: mentoring@st-andrews.ac.uk