Mentoring Programme

We are delighted to introduce the CAUTHE Mentoring programme. It is designed to connect our PhD and ECR (completed a PhD within the past five years and have a teaching or research position) members with senior colleagues to establish a mutually beneficial long-term relationship, promoting career as well as personal development through connectivity and support.

Please note that to be eligible for participation in the CAUTHE Mentoring programme as a mentor or mentee you must be an individual Student or Associate member of CAUTHE. Find more information about CAUTHE membership.

How does CAUTHE Mentoring work?

We are calling for expressions of interest from all CAUTHE members to function as a mentor or mentee. After identifying the areas in which you can provide and/or seek support, we will connect one mentor with up to three mentees to establish a personal small group mentoring relationship for a duration of 6 to 10 months.

Once you are matched, you will receive guidelines on how to establish and maintain an effective and mutually beneficial mentoring relationship together with the name of your mentor/mentees. CAUTHE recommends at least one one-hour meeting per month at participants’ convenience, however the responsibility for establishing and maintaining the relationship lies with mentors/mentees without further involvement from CAUTHE.

Please note that we are currently limiting mentee participation to PhD students and Early Career Researchers.

Why be a mentor?

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to further enhance your coaching, communication, leadership and mentoring skills while expanding your professional network. Through gaining fresh perspectives, you will be able to learn from the experience and knowledge of mentees, in turn offering the opportunity to re-examine your own practices, attitudes and values. However, the greatest reward for mentor lies in the satisfaction in supporting the development of others, sharing your accumulated experience, skills and knowledge, and the altruistic component of mentoring.

Why be a mentee?

As a mentee, you will be able to draw upon the experience, insight, knowledge and skills of your mentor while broadening your professional network and feeling better connected with the academic community. It will allow you to reflect on your own practices, enhance your career development opportunities, and receive support, encouragement as well as constructive feedback.

How to join?

Click here to fill out the CAUTHE Mentoring Programme ‘Expression of Interest’ survey. The survey will close on Friday 17 September, 12pm noon AEST. We hope to connect mentors and mentees by the end of the month.


  • Dr Ina Reichenberger

    School of Management

    Victoria University of Wellington