Transition to research mentoring

We have a mentoring scheme with a group of later stage doctoral students who would be happy to mentor you for the first six months of your time here. 

If you would be interested in chatting with a mentor and benefiting from their advice and experience, then please complete the mentoring application form.

Research mentors support new PGRs in various ways. Your mentor may acts as a source of information, provide coaching in specific skills, give feedback and serve as a confidante in times of crisis.

Complete the mentoring application form to register your interest and provide more information about your goals and expectations as a mentee. The mentoring scheme managers in the Doctoral College RDP team will contact you with more details, and will match up mentees with mentors at specific points throughout the academic year. Mentoring lasts between three and six months although friendships created out of mentoring can last years.

The first step to becoming a mentor is to complete this short form, which will let us know more about your experience, background and preferences. Training is provided.

The mentor training is available through RDP. You can find the next available dates on Surrey Self-Service and simply need to register there. You can also find details of upcoming dates on our workshops diary page. The workshop normally runs for 3 hours, and is also available virtually.

  • The training programme runs throughout the year, and you can register at any time to be a mentor or mentee.
  • You may be in email contact with your mentor before you arrive on campus
  • You will meet your mentor when you arrive in Surrey
  • The time you spend with your mentor after you arrive is negotiable between the two of you but we would suggest meeting about once a month
  • We would suggest that the relationship should last between three and six months

Mentors and mentees will be supported by the RDP team at Surrey and we will ask you for some feedback after the mentoring relationship has ended. We provide the training for mentors, and our mentoring managers / coordinators will be available to support you during the course of the mentoring relationship.

Please email for more information or with any questions.

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