Mentorship Programmes

Mentoring is widely recognised as a powerful way of supporting people with their personal and professional development. Mentoring can be defined as "a positive developmental partnership, which is driven primarily by the mentee. It offers a reflective space where the mentee can take responsibility for and discuss their development and challenges they may be facing. Its primary aim is to build capability and self-reliance in the mentee”.

For staff, we have developed three separate voluntary mentorship programmes to support different staff cohorts with their personal and professional development. Our mentors help mentees by listening to their goals and challenges and sharing advice and support.

We offer Peer Mentoring for students where mentors, who are currently students of the School of Veterinary Medicine, help new undergraduate and postgraduate students to settle into the School over the course of their first year.

 

Staff Mentoring Opportunities

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Launched in November 2019, our Mentorship Programme for Faculty is targeted at lecturers/assistant professors who are matched with more senior School of Veterinary Medicine faculty.

Staff interested in joining the next round of the programme should contact vetathenaswan@ucd.ie.

A pilot cross-university mentorship programme for professional & support, technical and nursing staff commenced in December 2020, in collaboration with the School of Psychology and the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.

Staff interested in joining the next round of the programme should contact vetathenaswan@ucd.ie.

Postdoctoral staff are encouraged to select a mentor from a list of School of Veterinary Medicine faculty members, to help with their ongoing professional development in the early stages of their research careers.

For more information, postdoctoral staff should contact Nicholas.ryan@ucd.ie or vetathenaswan@ucd.ie.

 

Student Mentoring Opportunities

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Every first-year undergraduate student is assigned a Peer Mentor in advance of UCD Orientation. Peer Mentors are current undergraduate students of the School of Veterinary Medicine who help new students in a number of ways including:

  • supporting students during Orientation
  • sharing their own experiences, challenges and insights
  • supporting new students to settle into their programme
  • organising activities to help students make friends
  • encouraging students to get involved in the various UCD clubs and societies
  • helping students to understand and navigate their way around UCD
  • helping students to familiarise themselves with UCD supports

For more information or support, contact your Student Adviser

Every first-year graduate-entry student is assigned a Big Sibling during the summer months in advance of starting their new programme. NB. They are also assigned a Peer Mentor in advance of Orientation (see section above on Peer Mentoring.) The Big Sibling Programme runs in conjunction with the Peer Mentoring programme, but specifically supports incoming graduate-entry students, many of whom may be coming from other countries. Big Siblings are current graduate-entry students of the School of Veterinary Medicine who help new students in a number of ways including:

  • supporting students in the months before starting their programme
  • sharing their own experiences, challenges and insights (if applicable, of having moved to Ireland to begin their programme)
  • supporting new students to settle into their programme
  • organising activities to help students make friends
  • helping students to understand and navigate their way around UCD
  • helping students to familiarise themselves with UCD supports

For more information or support, contact your Student Adviser

New postgraduate students are assigned Peer Mentors, typically another postgraduate student who has been in the School of Veterinary Medicine for at least 6 months, who help them to integrate and settle in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Peer mentors can help by sharing advice on administrative queries, showing new postgraduate students around the School, introducing them to other researchers/students and providing general friendly support.

For more information or support, contact vetresearch@ucd.ie.