Mentorship Programme

  • The CDT mentorship programme provides student with the opportunity to take part in 1:1 mentorship with our academics, senior PhD students, PDRAs, industry and charity partners, depending on the student’s needs.

    The aim of the programme is for mentors to support students on their PhD journey by assisting mentees in making the best decisions for their future, helping keep students on track and focused on identifying and achieving their goals.


    This is an optional programme available to all current and new CDT students. If you are looking for mentorship, please complete the online mentee form. On completion, your form will be reviewed by the CDT mentoring committee and a mentor will be assigned to you based on your specific needs.


    Mentoring is a relationship between two people: the mentor and the mentee. As a mentor, you pass on valuable skills, knowledge, and insights to your mentee to help them develop their career goals or achieve better work life balance.

    If you would like to find out more information about becoming a mentor, please contact If you are interested in providing mentorship support, please complete the online mentor form.

    Mentor Meetings

    It is important during the first meeting that you establish some ground rules and acknowledge that the mentorship relationship is two way:

    Mentee responsibilities:

    1. Discuss what you want to get out of the mentorship relationship.
    2. Agree how often will you meet and for how long.
    3. Agree how you will communication to arrange meetings.
    4. Agree that all communication will be kept confidential unless otherwise stated.
    5. Identify the key areas of support you require, your main prioritise and any issues that you are facing.

    Mentor responsibilities:

    Your goal is to help the mentee explore their own options and hurdles rather than solve any problems for them.

    Encourage the mentee to keep a log of mentorship meetings and follow up on any agreed actions in the agreed timescale. Here is an example Mentoring Action Plan which mentees may wish to use to keep a record of meetings and actions.


    Both mentor and mentees should look at the University of Glasgow Mentoring Toolkit before embarking on the programme. This is a useful resource providing general mentorship guidance and advice.

    If at any stage, you feel that it is not beneficial to continue to work together anymore, or the mentorship support has naturally come to an end please inform us by emailing Please also let us know if you are not finding the mentor/mentee match useful and we can reallocate students to a new mentor.