ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program

– Giving ECAs an enhanced ability to be successful and lead better futures –

Reported by Mentees to be a "game changer", the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program is designed specifically to support the diverse career development needs of early-career research and teaching staff at ANU (ECAs).

This 9-month career development Program is supported by all ANU Colleges, offers workshops and mentoring for ECAs and enables participants to build people connections across campus and beyond.

"This is the best career development opportunity that has presented itself in a while, as it helps me develop a clearer understanding of my possible career path and what I can and need to do to achieve the career goals I set for myself." (Mentee in the 2018 Mentoring Program)

 

ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program at a glace
  • 9-month facilitated Program (April-December).
  • Career development workshops for Mentees and Mentors and networking opportunities.
  • One-on-one career development mentoring from June to December. Mentees and Mentors can coordinate their own pattern of meetings.
  • Mentors with diverse experiences, including in academic, industry and professional roles.
  • Optional peer-mentoring groups for Mentees and Mentors.
2020 Program outline
  • Application
    • Applications to participate as a Mentee will open on 3 February and close 1 March 2020
    • Application outcomes will be announced on 13 March 2020
    • Mentors can enrol from 3 February until 30 April 2020
  • Program commencement
    • 3-hour workshop for Mentees (repeat sessions, choose which one suits you)
      • FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS CANCELLED, CONTENT TO BE DELIVERED REMOTELY
    • 1-hour reflective session for Mentors plus optional in-depth workshop
      • FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS CANCELLED, CONTENT TO BE DELIVERED REMOTELY
    • Lunch with all Program participants
      • 8 April 2020 CANCELLED
    • Start of Mentee and Mentor peer-mentoring groups
  • Matching
    • Mentor nominations due mid-May 2020
    • Mentee-Mentor pairs introductions
      • 28 May 2020, 10-11am CANCELLED
    • Mentee-Mentor pairs meet regularly June-December 2020
  • Mid-Program
    • 3-hour workshop for Mentees (repeat sessions, choose which one suits you)
      • September 2020
      • Mentees will be required to do some reflective preparation before attending the workshop.
    • Social gathering with all Program participants
      • October 2020 (tba)
  • End-of-Program
    • 3-hour workshop for Mentees (two repeats, choose which one suits you)
      • December 2020 (tba)
      • Mentees will be required to do some reflective preparation before attending the workshop.

To find out more about the Program and what is involved, please read the additional information for Mentees and/or Mentors.

 

Governance

The ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program is governed by the Program Governance Committee.

2020 Governance Committee:

  • Keturah Whitford, Dean of Staff - Chair
  • Ozgecan Ozyildirim, NECTAR Mentoring Senior Officer - Secretary
  • Hannah Birke, NECTAR Coordinator
  • Katharina Bonzel, representative 2019 Mentee cohort
  • Richard Farran, Program Champion HASS disciplines
  • Douglas Robertson, Director RSD, representative DVC(RnI) portfolio
  • Julia Sharwood, Program Champion STEMM disciplines
  • Tania Willis, Associate Director Wellbeing, representative DVC(A) portfolio

 

The work of the Governance Committee is supported by College Champions, representatives of the ANU College Deans in matters regarding the Program.

2020 College Champions:

  • Nick Birbilis, Deputy Dean, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Richard Farran, Manager Human Resources, ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Llewelyn Hughes, Associate Dean (Research), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Ron Levy, ANU College of Law
  • Sejul Malde, Director Research Office, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Kylie Message, Associate Dean (Research), ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Nancy Richardson, Executive Officer to the Dean, ANU College of Science
  • Julia Sharwood, Executive Officer to the Dean, ANU College of Health and Medicine

 

Background

This Program was developed by the Joint Colleges of Science Early Career Academic Development Committee in 2015-2017. In collaboration with this committee, the inaugural ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program was delivered ANU-wide through NECTAR in 2018. Evaluation shows that this Program was a success as an all-disciplinary ECA-led initiative.

NECTAR is working closely with all ANU Colleges to further develop the Program to suit the needs of Mentees and Mentors and to deliver to the ANU strategic goals that aim to support ECA development.

 

 

Applications to participate as a Mentee or Mentor in the NECTAR Mentoring Program 2020 have closed.