What you will gain
A mentor with varied research experience will provide constructive help, support and advice and challenge you to think about your project from different perspectives. Signing up to the PRUK Mentoring Scheme will give you the opportunity to receive support from a more experienced peer, who will be able to guide you in finding the steps you need to take in order to achieve your desired goal. Being a mentee also provides the chance to build relationships with a network of peers in your area.
If you wish to develop your skills within research but are lacking the requisite support, you may benefit from access to a mentor. Please complete the Mentee Form and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your details and outline the next steps.
As a mentee, you will be required to dedicate a minimum of 2 hours a month to meet and discuss your progress with your mentor. The typical mentoring relationship lasts at least 6 months, however this will vary depending on what you need support with and the overall time dedicated by both you and the mentor. When you are matched up with a mentor, you (as the mentee) are expected to initiate contact with them within 2 weeks of being matched.
The early stages of a mentoring relationship are crucial and the initial meeting between you and the mentor will significantly dictate how the relationship will look going forward. It is therefore really important that you understand your role and responsibilities in this relationship. The main thing to remember is that, as the mentee, you should not expect your mentor to do any work on your behalf.
How the programme works
The mentor is there to support you and provide you with the guidance necessary for you to know how to approach a problem. The mentor should also not be expected to contribute to a piece of work. Instead, the mentor should help to identify the right path to take in order to progress with your work. You will also be expected to set-up and schedule meetings with your mentor, as well as propose agenda items to discuss.
You may find it helpful to read the following documents, which will assist you in recording and monitoring the main discussion points and actions that come out of each mentoring session.
We are here to support you throughout your mentoring journey and help you to address any issues that may arise along the way. Please refer to the Mentoring Handbook and the FAQs for further information. You may also find it useful to read about the potential benefits that being a mentee can provide, through a case study by Helen Chang.
Should you require further information, please contact the PRUK team at firstname.lastname@example.org where a member of the team will get back to you.