Divisional peer mentoring scheme
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.
For enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- 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.”
- Mentoring circles: Overview for mentees
- Mentoring circles: Overview for mentors
- Mentoring circles booklet for Researchers
- Mentoring circles booklet for Professional, technical and support staff
If you have any questions about this scheme please contact email@example.com
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.