Mentoring

The Centre, in collaboration with the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics (Randall Division) and the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (Wolfson CARD), has launched a new Cross-Departmental Postdoctoral Mentoring Programme (PMP). The aims of the PMP scheme are to provide 1-1 mentoring for Postdoctoral Researchers from the three Centres by pairing them with an Academic, also from the one of the three Departments.

This programme is a response to the identified need for Postdoctoral researchers to access unbiased guidance in their career path, training and development, as well as items specific to their role. Our expectation is that mentoring will be offered to Postdoctoral researchers as a support opportunity and that senior staff will be willing to offer mentoring to more junior staff.

For the purpose of this scheme the following definition of mentoring has been adopted:

“The concept of Developmental mentoring emphasises the mentor empowering the mentee to take responsibility for their own career development. A typical definition describes developmental mentoring as ‘off line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking’ (Megginson and Clutterbuck, 1995). This definition stresses the value of the mentor being outside the mentee’s direct line management and the role of mentoring in helping an individual who is going through significant professional and/or personal change.” 
 
 

The Academy of Medical Sciences mentoring scheme for postdoctoral clinical academics.

Both mentors and mentees benefit from this relationship

  • Main benefits for the mentor:
    • Building capacity in other people
    • Helping less experienced people to broaden their horizons/perspectives
    • Encouraging autonomy and self development of the mentee
    • It provides personal satisfaction through supporting the development of others
  • Main benefits for the mentee:
    • Improved reflection skills
    • Support for dealing with specific problems
    • Confidence building in decision making
    • Improved self-worth and job satisfaction