Mentoring

In 2020-21 PERCAT is running a pilot mentoring scheme across both EPS and LES aimed at providing mentorship to postdoctoral and early-career researchers who are in need of support in any area of their career.  

This may include but is not limited to targeted mentorship on: 

  1. Career opportunities inside and outside academia and routes for progression.
  2. Strategies in applying for Fellowships/Grants and guidance on interviewing.
  3. General wellbeing and mental health.

Applications to the scheme are now closed.  Please look out for further information on future schemes.

 Aims of Scheme: 

  1. To provide impartial support in a positive, nurturing environment for mentor and mentee. 
  2. To promote taking charge of career development through a structured scheme. 
  3. To maximise chances of success in a set career goal.

Eligibility:

  1. Mentees for this pilot mentorship scheme need to be employed as a researcher at the University. This includes postdoctoral researcher and those who hold fellowships but who do not have a permanent contract of employment, but does not include PhD students and/or academic staff (those employed on a permanent contract at lecturer level or above). If interested, please complete the attached EOI form.
  2. Mentors can be senior researchers (2+ yrs experience) and academic staff at all levels. If interested, please complete the attached EOI form.

Commitment:

The pilot scheme will run over a 6-month period starting in January 2021 with the expectation of a minimum of 3 face-to-face sessions each lasting no longer than 90 mins. Light-touch evaluation during the mentoring relationship will ensure the relationship is developing successfully with more in-depth feedback expected at the end of the scheme. 

Training:

There will be separate 1 hour training sessions for prospective mentees and mentors, organised by POD with Vince O’Grady (Organisational Development Consultant) and Gaynor Miller (Life Science Researcher Development Manager) which will be delivered over Zoom.

Benefits: 

Mentoring offers a great opportunity for mentors and mentees to share ideas, expand networks, improve interpersonal skills and gain confidence, enthusiasm and inspiration. While the mentee can focus on their career development, mentors can increase their professional status, improve leadership and supervisory skills, and enhance self-reflection.