Responsible for the MuT – Mentoring and Training Programme is the Conference of Equal Opportunities Officers at universities in Baden-Württemberg (LaKoG). The MuT Programme is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of  Baden-Württemberg.

The concept of the MuT-Programme comprises the following 5 elements, which can be used individually or in combination.

Orientation Training

On the first day of the training the participants draw up their personal profile based on their personal situation. Considering the profile of qualification for a professorship in their discipline they develop aims for the mentoring relationship. Each participant determines the profile of a potential mentor.

On the second day of the training the junior academics get the opportunity to participate in a training on a relevant topic for their professional development, for instance about procuring third-party funds. Additionally, the organisational structures of universities will be examined more closely, and the basic principles of university law will be presented.

The participants will have time to exchange experience and to establish personal contacts.

Matching with a Mentor

In a mentoring relationship the mentor supports the mentee in gaining both discipline-related knowledge and an idea of the values and norms of the scientific community.

For a mentee this support can entail:

  • sharing the mentor’s experience and knowledge
  • counseling for the development of the qualification profile
  • counseling in situations of professional orientation
  • opportunity to take over special tasks
  • access to and development of informal work relationships
  • active attention and encouragement

Establishing both a good personal relationship and a functioning working alliance between mentor and mentee is crucial. This part of the programme addresses especially junior academics who want to exchange experience with a professional over a fixed period. The project leaders assume the matching with a suitable mentor on the basis of the requirement profile which the participant develops during the orientation training. The aim is to establish contact with distinguished professors and scientists from the same discipline, or from a different area.
Mentors should be experienced personalities who are ready to:
Give pro-active and constructive feedback to the mentee
Support the mentee in developing strategies to reach her goals
Help the mentee to realize her skills and develop them to their full potential
Give advice for individual development

The mentee should:

  • Have a clear goal for her career in higher education and science
  • Assume an active role in the mentoring relationship
  • Show above average commitment in her academic work
  • Use the constructive advice of the mentor
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the mentor
  • Address the project coordinator in the case of problems in the mentoring relationship

Once the contact is established, the role of the project management is to lead partners to an agreement on the duration of  the mentoring relationship and to help them fix dates for meetings. Apart from this, the organisation is left to the partners. They should, however, come to an explicit agreement on the terms and aims of the mentoring relationship. The goals specified in this agreement may refer to issues like making a name for oneself in academia, sharing of knowledge, career planning and networking.

Mentees may apply themselves or be suggested by other parties.