AHUA Reciprocal Mentoring Programme

 

The Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) is delighted to announce the launch of a reciprocal mentoring scheme between senior Professional Service staff who identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background in Higher Education, and AHUA members.

The programme will recruit senior staff of colour (Mentors) and AHUA members (AHUA Mentors) to work together in one-to-one pairings over a period of 12 months.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 February 2023 at 17.00. Please apply via the relevant form in the 'How to apply' section below

What does the programme consist of?

The programme seeks to build mutual understanding between aspiring leaders of colour and those currently in senior leadership roles.

The programme will recruit senior staff of colour (Mentors) and AHUA members (AHUA Mentors) to work together in one-to-one pairings over a period of 12 months.

The Programme consists of the following elements:

  • Bespoke training to prepare participants to engage in race reciprocal mentoring conversations
  • A minimum of 6 x 1 hour meetings over the course of 12 months
  • A mid-point 6 month check-in to understand how the mentoring pairs are working and identify and action additional support if required
  • End of programme event at the end of 12 months
  • Post-course evaluation and contribution to a reflective learning process

As this is a pilot programme, the AHUA is funding the cost of all training and facilitated sessions.

The training and check-ins will be conducted by Leyla Okhai, Diverse Minds UK.

Who is it for?

The programme will recruit Professional Services senior staff of colour (typically Grade 8 and above) and AHUA members to enter into a mentoring relationship.

How will you benefit as a participant?

Mentors:

  • will have the opportunity to talk frankly about challenges they face and explain issues around race that AHUA Mentors may not be aware of
  • will be able to propose and discuss interventions that advance people of colour into leadership positions with someone of influence
  • will have the benefit of the experience, support, sponsorship, and networks of a senior leader
  • will be able to share their learning with other participants and build networks within the sector.

AHUA Mentors:

  • will learn how to speak about race issues from a position of understanding
  • will be given the opportunity to explore challenges and sensitivities in this space with someone who understands and supports the conversation
  • will have the opportunity to ‘make things happen’ in their institution having explored and tested ideas with someone with lived experience
  • will have the opportunity to reflect on learning with other participants and share learning more widely within AHUA and other sector bodies.

Dates of the 2023 programme

Attendance at the sessions below is vital to the success of the Programme.  If you cannot attend these, you will not be able to take part in the Programme.

  • Mentor training: Wednesday 15 March 2023, London (10.00 – 13.00)
  • AHUA Mentor training: Thursday 16 March 2023, London (10.00 – 15.30)
  • Meet your Mentor session for all: Tuesday 21 March 2023, 14.30 – 15.00, online
  • Mid-point check in Mentors: Tuesday 5th September 2023, 10.00 – 11.30, online
  • Mid-point check in AHUA Mentors: Tuesday 5th September 2023, 13.30 – 15.00, online

What will the legacy of the scheme be?

  • A cohort of Mentors who have been supported to develop their careers.
  • Action by AHUA Mentors within their host institutions, prompted by the mentoring conversations, to reduce barriers to progression of staff from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • The learning of both Mentors and AHUA Mentors will be disseminated to AHUA members at the Association’s conferences.  As a result, we expect to see meaningful conversations and sustainable change start to take place within institutions.

What is the AHUA and why is it doing this?

The AHUA is the representative body for senior University managers (Registrars, Chief Operating Officers, Heads of Administration) in the UK.  The Association recognises that AHUA membership is not representative of the wider HE community.  It includes very few people of colour.  Individual members are nominated by institutions which means the AHUA has no say in who joins, however by initiating this programme, the Association aims to leverage the key resource that it has – our members – to take meaningful action to enhance the diversity of senior Professional Service staff and over time to ensure that AHUA is a diverse and inclusive organisation.

 

How to apply

If you are interested in participating as a Mentor, please complete the online form here.

If you are an AHUA member and are interested in participating as an AHUA Mentor, please complete the online form here.

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