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 Institue for its first cycle. The scheme launches on 29th June with applications closing on 31st August 2018.


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 to one hour per month for up to 12 months


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 one hour per month for 12 months to the mentoring scheme.


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.

Dates, times and venues TBC


University of Dundee

University of St Andrews

Glasgow School of Art

Abertay University

The James Hutton Institue 


Participants can attend either of these dates regardless of their home institution.


The matching process will take place during September when you will receive information from SUMAC and the scheme co-ordinators regarding your partnerships.


Following this, in late October, a Getting Started session will be available in your home institution. 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.

Dates, times and venues TBC


Contact Details

Eithne Graham

Dundee contact 

e: mentoring@dundee.ac.uk 


Diane Munday

St Andrews contact

e: mentoring@st-andrews.ac.uk