Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to announce the launch of their mentoring scheme. The scheme is designed to help pharmacy research professionals who are looking to develop their skills within a research environment and would benefit from support from experienced peers. For mentors, stewarding a mentee through the ups and downs of an early research career can be extremely rewarding and allows them to develop a wider network of researchers.
Through the scheme, PRUK will match professionals who have experience of pharmacy research with those that are looking to further develop their research skills within the field of pharmacy practice and health services research. Both those interested in being a mentor and those interested in being a mentee are invited to sign up to the free scheme through our website.
Dr Rachel Joynes, PRUK Executive Director, said “building the capacity of pharmacy processionals in research is a core aspect of PRUK’s strategy. We are thrilled to offer this additional service to researchers working within pharmacy research and hope that this support will enable early career researchers to reach their full potential.”
Professor Rachel Elliott, Chair of the PRUK Scientific Advisory Panel, said “I see effective mentoring as an essential component of expanding the academic workforce for the future. I benefit as much from mentoring as the mentee and it has been very rewarding. Good quality people need support to succeed and realise their potential and if I can help someone get where they want to be in the same way that I have been helped, that’s a priceless legacy to hand on.”
Helen Chang, a PRUK researcher, said “My mentors have each been extremely helpful in providing me with focus, and have supported me through some challenging situations, such as compiling research funding applications, but also with basic questions, for example what’s the best referencing software to use. They have made me think differently and taught me to step outside my comfort zone. This has really helped me to develop my skills and experiences as a novice researcher.”
Notes to Editors:
PRUK is the principal funder of pharmacy research in the UK. Founded as a result of a merger in 2012 of two previous research funding charities, PRUK has a broad programme of research in place. PRUK funds both research projects and individual bursaries to improve skills across the pharmacy sector. Registered charity number 1148335.