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 email

What is a research mentor?

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.

How does it work?

Email to request a mentor or find out more. I will then get in touch and find out a little bit more about what it is you are looking for in a mentor. Once I have found a suitable match I will send you both an email to introduce you. You may start mentoring over email before you arrive at Surrey and then you will get the chance to meet when you arrive. Mentoring lasts between three and six months although friendships created out of mentoring can last years.

How much time will it take?

  • The programme runs all year
  • 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 to complete a short feedback form after the mentoring relationship has ended. We provide training for mentors and as a mentee, we will be available if you ever need to speak about your mentoring relationship.

Please email for more information or with any questions.

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