The academic mentoring relationship is essential to the development and maintenance of a sense of belonging, community and educational enhancement. It is both an educational and pastoral relationship. Academic mentoring will be part of pre-arrival, induction, relationship building, year on year support. Establishing a strong community of practice of academic mentors across the school is an integral part of strengthening the School’s work in this area.
In the first year of the IEAP’s implementation, the focus has been on transforming academic mentoring at LSE. A series of long tables with staff and students have been carried out alongside a widely distributed survey with current undergraduate students to evaluate how academic mentoring is currently implemented at the department-level and academic mentors’ needs for support and development. For resources, guidance, and helpful contacts for academic mentoring please visit the Academic Mentoring Portal.