Mentoring programme schedule

The mentoring programme starts annually in October-November. Check out the current schedule for the mentoring programme. We reserve the right to change schedules. We will notify you of any time and location changes on this page.

Mentoring programme schedule in academic year 2021–2022

 We reserve the right to change the schedule. Any time and location changes will be updated on this page.
If you are going to apply to the program, mark the important dates on your calender already now, and check them once more later. 

Before applying, please note that joint meetings and one-to-one mentoring meetings may be carried out in part or in full remotely, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. So you should be also open for remote mentoring sessions and meetings.

Please provide a valid e-mail address in the application, as any contact with applicants and selected participants during the programme will take place via that e-mail. 

1) Application period for the programme
mentors and mentees (students) 15.9.–6.10.

Deadline for carefully completed applications is during Wed 15. 9. Wed 6.10. (by 12 noon). Application link for mentors and mentees will open on 15 Sept at 8 am. 

2) Group discussion sessions for mentees (students) Thu 7.10. – Fri 8.10. and Mon 11.10.  online or at Linnanmaa campus

  • Students applying to the program must participate in one discussion session of their choice. In the session we will explain the idea of the mentoring programme and after that the participants will be divided into group discussion. The idea is to discuss others about the motivation and reasons for applying to the programme (you can use your application as a reference). We kindly ask you to prioritize this event over possible overlapping commitments because it’s a mandatory event in order to proceed in the application process. The events might be held also remotely depending on the pandemic situation. 
  • It is necessary to register for the discussion session in advance and applicants must come to one of the sessions of their choice. You will receive a link to register to the event after sending your application. The sessions will be organised according to safety guidelines either online or on campuses. We will inform the applicants during the process. 
  • The group discussions will be held in English and in Finnish. The language is indicated in the schedule below.
  • Materials are distributed in Finnish and English. 
  • Be prepared to show with your Student ID card that you have enrolled to the University of Oulu for the academic year 2021–2022 at the beginning of the event. In the case of a online event we will check the right to study and enrollment in other ways in advance. 

Choose one of the following sessions to register and to come to.
NB! Only for the applicants who have sent their application in time.

The applicants will be informed before the group discussion events, whether the events will be held online or on site at the campus. 

  • Thu 7.10.  at 16–17, Room: Agora (Linnanmaa campus), language: English / Finnish
  • Fri 8.10. at 16–17, Room: Tellus Stage (Linnanmaa campus), language: English / Finnish
  • Mon 11.10. at 16.30–17.30, Remotely, language: Finnish / English

3) Matching process of the mentoring pairs 13.10.–18.10. 

Program leaders will match suitable mentoring pairs for this term. In the meantime, be prepared to provide additional information related to your application, either by e-mail or telephone, if necessary. 

4) Confirmation regarding the selections mentors and mentees (students) Mon 18.10.2021

We will announce at the latest on Mon 18.10. by 4pm regarding the selections for both students and mentors by email. We strive to find the most suitable pairs for all applicants, both mentors and students (mentees). However, it is possible that we will not find a match for all applicants, as each year the number of applicants and their backgrounds and aspirations vary.

5) Orientation for students (mentees) Q&A, Wed 20.10.

The orientation will be held online on Wed 20.10.2021 at 16-17. The online link will be announced later.
In the meeting we will go through the basic principles of mentoring, frequently asked questions, and share the agenda for the first meeting. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions.
It is highly advised that all selected students participate in the training.

5) Orientation for mentors Q&A, Thu 21.10.

The orientation will be held online on Thu 21.10.2021 at 16-17. The online link will be announced later.
In the meeting we will go through the basic principles of mentoring, frequently asked questions, tips and share the agenda for the first meeting. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions.
It is highly recommended that at least the new mentors participate in the training.

7) Mentoring meetings 11/2021–04/2022

Joint kick-off meeting (mentees & mentors) Mon 1.11.2021 at 16.30–18.30 in Saalastinsali (Linnanmaa campus)

The agenda will be announced later. Due to safety guidelines, it's possible that the event is online.
The mentor-mentee pairs will be announced for the first time at this meeting.

Mid-way meeting (mentees & mentors) Mon 14.2.2022 at 17–18 in Zoom

The agenda will be announced later. You can attend the meeting even if your mentor/mentee is not present.

Closing ceremony (mentees & mentors) Thu 21.4.2022 at 16.30–18.30 in Saalastinsali (Linnanmaa campus)

The agenda will be announced later. Due to safety guidelines, it's possible that the event is online.
You can attend the meeting even if your mentor/mentee is not present.

The mentoring programme ends.