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- and mid-career research and teaching staff at ANU.
This 1-year Program is supported by all ANU Colleges, offers career development mentoring and workshops for ECAs and enables Mentors and Mentees to build people connections across campus and beyond.

"This has been an invaluable experience for me – I've never felt more satisfied in my job, or more confident about my future as an academic." (Mentee in the 2018-19 Mentoring Program)


Mentor enrolments have closed. If you would like to participate as a Mentor in the 2019-20 Program, please contact us directly.
Applications to participate as a Mentee have closed.
ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program at a glace
  • Mentees nominate three Mentors based on their mentoring needs, after training on how to choose a Mentor.
  • 1-year facilitated Program (starting in April and finishing in March the following year).
  • Mentees will get a Mentor from June to March the following year and Mentees and Mentors can coordinate their own pattern of meetings.
  • Career-development mentoring for ECAs at ANU.
  • Mentors with diverse experiences and qualities, including experience in academia, industry and beyond.
  • Career development workshops for Mentees and Mentors and networking opportunities.


2019-20 Program outline
  • Program commencement
    • 3-hour workshop for Mentees (repeat sessions, choose which one suits you)
      • 3 April 2019, 10am-1pm or
      • 8 April 2019, 9am-12pm
      • Mentees will be required to do some reflective preparation before attending the workshop.
    • 1-hour reflective session for Mentors plus optional in-depth workshop
      • 12 April 2019
      • Workshop (optional): 10-11.30am
      • Peer-to-peer reflective session: 11.30am-12.30pm
    • Speed-meet your Mentor/Mentee
      • 12 April 2019, 12.30-1.30pm
  • Matching
    • Mentor nominations due 12 May 2019
    • Mentee-Mentor pairs introductions
      • 14 June 2019, 10-11am
  • Mid-Program
    • 3-hour workshop for Mentees (repeat sessions, choose which one suits you)
      • 9 October 2019, 10am-1pm or
      • 15 October 2019, 1-4pm
      • Mentees will be required to do some reflective preparation before attending the workshop.
    • Mentor and Mentee Focus Groups
      • Mentees 1 – 5 November 2019, 10-11am
      • Mentees 2 – 22 November 2019, 2-3pm
      • Mentors 1 – 5 November 2019, 2.30-3.30pm
      • Mentors 2 – 22 November 2019, 10-11am
  • End-of-Program
    • 3-hour workshop for Mentees (two repeats, choose which one suits you)
      • 11 March 2020, 10am-1pm or
      • 19 March 2020, 1-4pm
      • Mentees will be required to do some reflective preparation before attending the workshop.
    • End-of-Program social gathering with all Program participants
      • March 2020 (tbc)



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

  • Keturah Whitford, Dean of Staff - Chair
  • Hannah Birke, NECTAR - Secretary
  • Sophie Baker, NECTAR Coordinator
  • Rebecca Gidley, NECTAR Co-Chair
  • Richard Farran, Program College Champion HASS disciplines
  • Glen O'Grady, Director CHELT, representative DVC(A) portfolio
  • Douglas Robertson, Director RSD, representative DVC(RnI) portfolio
  • Julia Sharwood, Program College Champion STEMM disciplines

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

  • Nick Birbilis, Deputy Dean, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Ann Evans, Associate Dean (Research), ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Richard Farran, Manager Human Resources, ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Carol Hayes, Associate Dean (Student Experience), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Sian Hicks, Research Manager, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Ron Levy, ANU College of Law
  • Julia Sharwood, Executive Officer to the Dean, ANU College of Health and Medicine
  • Lorrae Van Kerkhoff, ANU College of Science



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 2018-19. 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.