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The Medical Sciences Division runs a peer mentoring scheme for all staff, which involves the formation of mentoring circles comprising 3-4 members of research staff and one more senior member of staff.

The divisional peer mentoring scheme is currently on hiatus whilst we review, evaluate and relaunch in 2022 - please keep your eye on the divisional newsletter for more information.


If you are interested in taking part as a mentor or mentee please fill in the appropriate proforma below and email, along with an up to date CV to by Wednesday 31st July at the latest.

Please note – Mentees are required to attend a briefing session on peer mentoring in advance of the launch in September save the dates will be sent once you submit your application.

For enquiries contact

About the scheme

Mentoring circles aim to support the development of all staff across the Division (including research, administrative, technical, academic-related where numbers allow) by:

  • Encouraging self-reflection
  • Increasing networking opportunities through peer circles
  • Providing access to senior staff members outside of the researchers’ home department

Mentors often gain as much as their mentees from the process and find that it provides an opportunity to review their own experience. Mentors must be experienced researchers, but could be at different stages of their careers. For example:

  • PIs
  • Senior/experienced postdocs (especially those wishing to develop their mentoring skills)
  • Academic staff
  • Senior staff in non-research roles

Mentors and mentees are matched into groups based on career stage, preference for gender specific groups, availabilities and career goals.

For more information see the documents "information for mentors" and "information for mentees".

Feedback from former mentees:

 “Meeting people from other departments and hearing both new perspectives on my situation and hearing similar concerns to mine makes me feel less alone.”

“Great to have ‘neutral’ feedback from people in a similar situation.  Often it is surprisingly useful to simply describe a problem and (with advice) arrive at a series of possible actions.”

“It was useful to have time away from work, and in a supportive environment to reflect on personal and career goals.”




If you have any questions about this scheme please contact 

Several departments (including Biochemistry, RDM, Oncology, NDORMS and others) have a mentoring scheme already in place if you wish to have 1:1 mentoring – please contact your Departmental Administrator for more information.

OxFEST provides mentoring opportunities for students.