Mentoring Programme

The HPC-SIG mentorship programme is in full swing, running through the 2023/24 academic year. We hope to run another mentoring programme for the next academic year. If you’d like to be part of it then why not get in touch?



The HPC-SIG mentoring programme is for research computing sysadmins. We aim to pair up sysadmin mentees with others who can mentor them, ideally from a different institution. This will be free to the mentor and mentee, with only a regular time commitment required.


Both mentors and mentees will gain skills, knowledge and experience by participating — allowing them to grow in their roles, or to help them apply for more senior roles. Gaining experience as a mentor will also develop useful skills to help mentors to train more junior staff in their own institutions.


Mentoring is a developmental dialogue that improves the quality of the thinking and reflection for the mentee. It is a process of ongoing support and development, which can address issues and problems identified by the mentee.


Having a mentor can be one of the most powerful developmental relationships a person will ever experience!


Who is this for?

Our mentoring programme is open to anyone involved in systems administration relating to HPC, including those in adjacent fields or roles. You must be employed at an institution that is a member (or affiliate) of the HPCSIG (see


– You could be in any systems administration role in the HPC or research computing fields.

– This is open to anyone, from someone just starting out in a junior role, to a seasoned sysadmin or team leader. We believe everyone can benefit from having an experienced mentor.


– You are likely to be a senior sysadmin or a team leader, with at least 3 years’ experience in HPC or research computing.

– Maybe looking for opportunities to develop your own management or leadership skillsso being a mentor could be a great fit for you.

More information can be found at HPC-SIG Mentoring programme flyer