UK: Professors lambasted for failure to mentor

A lack of leadership and the failure to support and mentor junior colleagues have been highlighted in a major study of the professoriate, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. Of 1,200 academic staff from lower grades who responded to a survey commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, more than half (53%) said they did not receive sufficient help or advice from professorial staff.

Only about one in seven (14%) said they did receive enough support. Asked if they had received excellent leadership or mentoring from professors in their university, 26% said 'never' and 36% 'occasionally'. This compares with 9% and 19% who responded 'very often' and 'quite often', respectively. The study was led by Linda Evans, a reader in education at the University of Leeds.
Full report on the Times Higher Education site