Awards mentorship scheme

The Awards Mentorship Scheme (AMS) is a sustainable, reliable, and high-quality mentoring program for the progression of innovative and sector-leading academic and professional staff nominating for institutional and national learning and teaching awards.

Essential information

Please view each of the following tabs that outline the role of a mentor, estimated time commitment for mentors, mentoring phases, and schedule of the Awards Mentoring Scheme.

A summary of the vision, model, value, time commitment, and resources can be downloaded via the Awards Mentoring Scheme flyer (pdf, 586kb)

The role of a mentor

The role of a mentor is to support a colleague as they develop their application for submission for a learning and teaching award. In this context, mentors assist the nominee in developing their written statement and provide feedback on three drafts of the written statement and supporting materials. The benefits for the nominee is having someone who has already gone through the award process discuss and explore ideas, and receive guidance and support. For the mentor, the benefits include, the ongoing development of mentor skills, and an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and engagement attributes for the purpose of promotion and performance.

Time commitment

It is estimated that between 6-12 hours over a three-month period (depending on awards type) leading into the submission date in order to provide high-quality and strategic advice and guidance to nominees in the development of an award application.


The mentoring process involves four (4) key phases between June and November.

  • Planning Phase (June) – Mentor and Nominee meet to discuss plan for Draft 1
  • Active Mentoring Phase (July – Sept) – Nominee develops a total of three (3) drafts over this period. Mentors provide targeted feedback and meets with nominees (where applicable and appropriate) to incorporates suggestions and develop supporting documentation.
  • Mentor Support and Review Phase (Aug – Sept) – Through a community of practice, mentors work through common issues and review the awards mentorship scheme for enhanced practice in future years.
  • Outcome Phase (Nov) – Successful nominees presented at an Awards ceremony with Mentors invited to attend. Unsuccessful nominees provided with feedback for future applications.


TBCInitial mentoring meeting
TBCProvision of feedback for draft 1
TBCFeedback meeting
TBCMentor support session
TBCProvision of feedback for draft 2
TBCFeedback meeting
TBCProvision of feedback for draft 2
TBCFinal meeting
TBCMentor review and enhancement session

Supporting resources

The Centre for Academic Development (CAD) support applicants through the process with the provision of online resources, professional learning modules, mentoring and feedback on drafts.

Professional Learning Modules

To support new mentors with the roles and responsibilities of academic mentorship, the following self-paced professional learning module is provided


Two webinars focused on providing additional support to awards mentors and developing a community of practice have been scheduled. Access to these webinars is for current mentors only and accessible via the Moodle page

  • 2021 webinar information coming soon

Online resources

In addition to the material provided on the moodle page, the following resources are provided to support mentors specifically during each of the entire schedule and phases of the awards mentorship scheme:

  • 2021 Information - Coming soon