Disability Mentoring in Higher Education

Diversity mentoringInterestingly in the same week as David Clutterbuck and Kirsten Poulsen have published their new book, “Developing Successful Diversity Mentoring Programmes: An International Casebook”, I have been given an assignment to support a disability mentoring programme in Higher Education with a remit to look at exactly what is going on within the programme and work with the team of mentors to make it more effective for everyone involved.

This is a fascinating assignment for me as I get my biggest buzz from creating mentoring programmes and revitalising existing ones. So where will I start with this one? Well quite simply by looking at what the current mentoring activity is within the programme? what the participants feel they need? what outcomes do they want? and how are we defining mentoring here?  In addition I will be looking at the whole disability mentoring agenda in HE in the UK, which appears to be quite politically driven. We will start by organising a focus group for the mentors in early September with a view to incrementally introducing some changes during the Autumn.

An interesting project and one you will be hearing about as it progresses over the coming months, I’ll let you know how it goes and I would like to hear from anyone who has experience with disability mentoring.

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