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Academic Intersectionality Mentoring in Medical Schools

A welcome message from our Founder, Professor Nisreen Alwan, MBE.

“AIMMS Mentoring is a national initiative hosted by the Medical Schools Council in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences to support the career development of minority women towards equal and authentic leadership in academic medicine.”

In this first phase of the scheme, we are offering mentoring to those who identify as women from ethnic minority backgrounds and employed in academic medicine and health sciences. Depending on capacity, we hope to expand the scheme to postgraduate students in due course. In time, we aim to expand further into additional intersectional groups."

If you are interested in taking part in the AIMMS Mentoring initiative, either as a mentor or as a mentee, please get in touch with us at the link below.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a protected relationship which supports learning and experimentation and helps individuals develop their potential. A mentoring relationship is one where both mentor and mentee recognise the need for personal development. Successful mentoring is based upon trust and confidentiality.

Mentors may enter a long term mentoring relationship or may be called upon to act as a one-step mentoring advice point for a specific topic. In all roles, the mentor will act as an independent source of career advice and support. Signposting to training for both mentors and mentees and will be provided through the AIMMS Mentoring scheme.

Background to AIMMS Mentoring

AIMMS Mentoring is the first national medical schools mentoring scheme that connects women from ethnic minority backgrounds at various clinical and non-clinical career pathways to provide them with a chance of acting as mentees and/or mentors to each other and to provide role models.

The idea is that it may be difficult to find mentors in senior positions with this intersectional background within any one institution so we adopted a cross institutional approach.
The scheme has been created to support the career development of ethnic minority women within medical schools and academic medicine in the UK, and through this to facilitate their progression to leadership levels.

The scheme was founded and run by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the other founding members including the Academy of Medical Sciences and the universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Hull York Medical School, Leeds, Leicester, St Andrews and Swansea. It has now expanded to include all UK medical schools as hosted by the Medical Schools Council.

AIMMS Mentoring matching process and code of conduct

Further information about the matching process is available here.

Benefits of AIMMS Mentoring


  • personal fulfilment, particularly satisfaction from seeing junior staff progress
  • developing mentoring/coaching skills
  • recognised involvement in a scheme of strategic importance to your Faculty
  • potential for networking
  • additional experience in staff management and development
  • opportunity for self-reflection and personal satisfaction
  • funding bodies increasingly value an active mentoring programme and often encourage senior staff to be mentors
  • career rejuvenation
  • increased confidence

For mentees:

  • increasing your confidence
  • being encouraged and empowered in personal development
  • being helped to identify and achieve career goals
  • being helped to identify and take steps to fill gaps in skills and knowledge
  • developing and maintaining a broader perspective on career options and opportunities
  • having access to a role model
  • having open and honest conversations with someone who may have faced similar challenges to yourself

How to join AIMMS Mentoring

Anyone interested in joining the programme as either a mentor or as a mentee can do so by expressing their interest through the contact details provided below.

Finding a mentor

The AIMMS Mentoring scheme will match mentees to mentors based on the information you provide us with to make sure that you are paired with the most suitable mentor based on your individual circumstances and needs.