Early career researcher mentoring
As an early career researcher you may be seeking to establish your research profile, to develop your academic career or you may be pursuing opportunities in industry, business or the third sector.
Whatever your individual position, a mentor can have the capacity to support you in your current position and your next career steps e.g.
- Personalised support to develop your five-year plan
- Strategic side of research – applying for funding, outputs, impact
- Practical side of research – preparing bids and managing relationships
- Support & feedback
To request a mentor email firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange a short 10-minute meeting. In this meeting we will discuss what you need from your mentor and suitable candidates. I will then source a suitable person and put you in touch. You take it from there.
It is recommended that the time frame between each meeting is between 6 – 8 weeks and that the entire mentoring relationship lasts no longer than a year. Each meeting may last between 1–2 hours depending on need. If you meet too frequently then the relationship has the potential to move from mentorship into line management, similarly too infrequently then it develops into no more than a colleague you ask for advice every now and then.
Mentors and mentees will be supported by the RDP team at Surrey and we will ask you to complete a short feedback form after the mentoring relationship has ended. We provide preparatory information for mentors and as a mentee, we will provide a briefing session for you before mentoring starts so that the expectations of both parties are clear and shared.