Mentoring Partnership Program

The Mentoring Partnership Program (MPP) is open to all continuing and *fixed term staff. The six month program can be of benefit if you are:

  • New to Deakin or the Higher Education sector and want to gain an understanding of the University.
  • In a new role, team, division, school, institute or faculty.
  • Looking for guidance in your career progression and networking opportunities.
  • A mentee from a previous year and want to give back to the program and experience it from a different perspective by becoming a mentor.

*contract term must be for duration of program

Please note: applications for 2019 have now closed. 


Download 2019 timeline here.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the MPP the right program for me?

If you are intending on applying to be a mentee this year, please consider the following:

  • You have thought about and established some clear goals you’d like to achieve (feedback from previous years mentee’s has shown that you are more likely to succeed by coming into the program with some clear goals).
  • Is it a mentor you need? Could your goals be met by some other personal development activity or a buddy in your immediate work area?
  • You have a mentor in mind that’s outside your work area. You have thought about areas to explore with this person, such as their knowledge and experience (leadership style, work projects that they’ve completed).
  • You understand the time commitment involved in the program and are willing to drive the partnership.
  • You have discussed your intent with your supervisor/manager to seek their approval to be involved.
What hours must I commit to and how often am I expected to participate?

The hours you commit to are determined between the mentor and the mentee at the Opening Forum. To maximise the experience it is important for mentees and mentors to meet regularly either via phone, video conference or in person. Participants are also required to attend the two formal sessions - the Opening forum and the Midpoint forum.

Who are the mentors?

A mentor is someone who is an academic staff member, or a professional staff member (of HEW 7 or higher) with at least 12 months experience at Deakin University. They will have experience, knowledge and skills in certain areas attractive to mentees.

The aim is that the mentor will provide support or advice in areas identified by their mentee. These areas can cover issues concerning work, life or career, developing options and strategies for coping with particular situations or problems. They may assist in skills development, networking and confidence-building. Above all, a mentor is someone who listens, is accessible and approachable, acts as a guide, facilitator or role model for the mentee.

How are the mentors and mentees matched?

We encourage you to consider potential mentors who could provide you with a valuable mentoring experience. HR can also approach a mentor on your behalf.

Selected participants will be matched as closely as possible to each mentee's identified needs and to the strengths of the available mentors. Your application form will form the basis of the matching process.

Please note: matching is subject to a maximum number of participants - applying to participate does not guarantee inclusion in the program.

What are the potential benefits to mentees?
  • Learn different perspectives from other staff.
  • Increase your understanding of the Higher Education sector and Deakin University.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Improve your CV and/or develop a career plan.
  • Build your communication skills.
  • Enjoy increased collegiality and networking.
What are the potential benefits to the mentors?
  • Personal fulfillment.
  • Contribution to the development of a colleague.
  • Share your skills, knowledge and expertise.
  • Increase your skills in coaching, listening, influencing, communicating and modelling.
  • Build your professional network.
  • Share in the achievements and success of your mentee.

Contact Us

For more information or to register interest in future programs, please email


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