Early Career Researcher Mentoring Scheme

Course Overview

For potential mentors

This scheme gives established academics the opportunity to provide support to those at the earliest stages of an academic research career. Perhaps, having been through these stages yourself, you’ll be able to appreciate the difference you could make to another’s career.

For potential mentees

 Early Career Researchers will be paired with an established academic as their mentor. Your mentor will be an independent voice (mentors can be cross-discipline) and provide guidance on your development.

What will I get out of this course?

A highly developmental mentoring partnership.

Who is it for?

The term ‘early career researchers’ refers to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the first ten years of their research careers. Postdoctoral researchers (postdocs) include contract research staff and those with research fellowships (vitae.ac.uk).  See below for mentor requirements.

Participant preparation needed?


Additional Information


What prior experience do I need?

Mentors should be:

  • Professors and Readers
  • Experienced in Supervision
  • Actively interested in continuing professional development
  • Actively involved in research
  • Able to commit 1 meeting each term as a minimum
  • Able to commit to a 1 hour briefing
Formal assessment


Length of course

1 hour briefing and commitment to 1 meeting each term as a minimum for mentors and mentees.

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