ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program

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

Applications are now closed.

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 program has given me the resilience and the tools to achieve the things I want out of my career."

 

NECTAR Mentoring Program at a glance
  • 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.
2022 Program outline
  • Application
    • Applications to participate as a mentee will open on 1 February and close 28 February 2022
    • Application outcomes will be announced on 15 March 2022
    • Mentors can enrol from 1 February until 31 March 2022
  • Program commencement
    • 1.5-hour workshop for Mentees (multiple sessions will be offered, choose which one suits you best)
      • All workshops will be delivered via Zoom.
      • Mentees will be required to participate in pre-workshop activities before attending the workshop (approximately 2 hours)
    • 1.5-hour workshop for mentors; aimed at first-time mentors and those who would like to reflect on their practices
      • Mid-April
    • Meet the Mentees/Mentors social event
      • tbc
  • Matching
    • Mentor nominations due are at the end of April 2022
    • Mentee-Mentor pairs will be announced at the end of May
    • Mentee-Mentor pairs meet regularly June-December 2022
  • Mid-Program
    • 1.5-hour workshop for Mentees (multiple sessions will be offered, choose which one suits you best)
      • September 2022
      • Most sessions will be offered in person, in addition to an online session
      • Mentees will be required to do some reflective preparation before attending the workshop
  • End-of-Program
    • 1.5-hour workshop for mentees (multiple sessions will be offered, choose which one suits you best)
      • December 2022
      • Most sessions will be offered in person, in addition to an online session
      • 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 NECTAR Mentoring Program is governed by the Program Governance Committee.

2022 Governance Committee:

  • Keturah Whitford, Dean of Staff – Chair
  • Ozgecan Ozyildirim, NECTAR – Secretary
  • Sophie Baker, NECTAR
  • Ann Evans, Dean HDR, representative HDR Portfolio
  • Richard Farran, Program Champion HASS disciplines
  • John Preston, Program Champion STEMM disciplines
  • Sergio Rodrigues Mendez, Representative 2021 Mentee cohort
  • Douglas Robertson, Director RSD, representative DVC(RnI) portfolio

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

2022 College Champions (2022):

  • Nick Birbilis, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Richard Farran, ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Greg Weeks, ANU College of Law
  • tbc, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • John Preston, Executive Officer to the Dean, ANU College of Science
  • Ulrike Schumann, ANU College of Health and Medicine
  • Matt Tomlinson, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

 

Background

NECTAR is working closely with all ANU Colleges to 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. More information on previous rounds of the program here.

Applications are now closed.