Induction Period Support - Mentoring or Buddying (Advice Note 2)

Woman and man at a computer terminal‌It is recommended as part of the College induction process that all divisions and departments make arrangements for the mentoring of new members of staff.

Induction mentoring

An induction mentor/buddy is assigned to a new member of staff to help them through their first weeks at Imperial. They should be someone other than their Line Manager who is familiar with their working role and department. The mentor is there to help the new member of staff understand the workings of their individual department, policies and procedures, and where to go for sources of other information. The mentor may also be someone the mentee can talk to about possible ways of dealing with any issues or concerns they have. A leaflet setting out the The role of a buddy [pdf] is available for use by Line Managers and buddies.

The LDC’s mentoring web page provides further information and support on the mentoring process.