Early career researcher mentoring

PLEASE NOTE: The ECR Mentoring programme is currently paused due to the staff changes. If you are interested in finding a mentor in the short term please refer the the University wide staff mentoring scheme.

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 support you now and for your next career steps e.g.:

  • Personalised coaching 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 on your experience

To sign up to be an ECR Mentee (be mentored by a more experienced academic)

To sign up to be an ECR Mentor (to offer support and guidance to an early career researcher)

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.

The model is designed so that you avoid meeting too frequently - when the relationship has the potential to feel more like line management - or not frequently enough, where the advice would be quite piecemeal. It's very useful to have repeat meetings so you can also gauge progress and return to important themes. 

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. For mentees, we arrange a briefing session before mentoring starts so that the expectations of both parties are clear and shared.