Lucy Jones, Interim Dean of SEC and Kingston University's Gender Equality Champion, has really supported the Beyond Barriers mentoring scheme by providing time to be a mentor and contributing to the overall design, to ensure it really meets the needs of our staff.
Lucy is a passionate about Gender Equality at Kingston and says: "These mentoring schemes are a fantastic way of providing staff with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. It doesn't matter what stage of your career you are at, taking up the opportunity to be mentored can only help you fulfil your aspirations.I see us working with partner institutions and collaborating locally to ensure more people have the opportunity for this type of development and knowledge is shared across the education sector and within our local community'.
About Lucy Jones
Lucy did her first degree in Genetics at Liverpool University and then went on to Manchester University School of Medicine to do further study in Oncology. After working for a number of years in cancer research Lucy joined Kingston University as a lecturer in Molecular Genetics. During her time at Kingston Lucy has done most academic roles including admissions, course directorship and director of postgraduate experience in the Faculty of Science. When the new Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing was formed she took up the post of Associate Dean and is currently the Interim Dean for the Faculty.
Lucy has always had a keen interest in staff development and supporting colleagues in career development and is passionate about ensuring that all colleagues have equal opportunities, regardless of their background and circumstances, to shine. Lucy has been involved in the Universities Athena Swan bid and also sits on awarding panels for Athena Swan and is currently the Universities Aurora champion.
Lucy has been involved in mentoring schemes within and outside of the university as both a mentor and mentee and has always found the experience to be engaging, productive and surprising. "Sometimes as a mentor you learn so much more about yourself than you expected, it has always been a two way process for me. I am delighted to be the Universities Gender Equality Champion and to build on work that the university has done to support staff and students across the institution. Kingston is doing a great deal of innovative and exciting work to ensure that EDI is at the heart of everything we do and I am proud to be associated with these projects".
"It feels really rewarding to have taken part; I felt so uplifted that my mentee thanked me for what they achieved on their journey at university. I highly recommend the programme."
Lisa-Marie Noronha-John, student mentor
"The whole experience was awesome. I had a brilliant mentor, who went out of her way to make sure I achieved my targeted goals. My confidence as an individual has improved and I have been able to overcome the fear about facing an interview. I will definitely recommend this mentoring scheme to others."
Blessing Ogbenna Nlems, student mentee