Professional Skills for Research Leaders

Mentoring

An active mentor is an experienced academic who by mutual consent takes an active interest in the mentee’s professional and academic development. He /she is a trusted guide, provider of wise counsel, confidant, advice giver, advocate, advisor, and role model who takes time and demonstrates commitment toward a student's or mentee's academic and professional development.

The focus of the PSRL programme is on the development of leadership, management and engagement skills of those independent academics in the early stages of their careers. The role of the Mentor is to provide support and guidance during the course of the PSRL programme. The mentor is there to provide a source of help, advice and assistance.

Mentors will have the following characteristics:

  • experienced senior academics;
  • highly respected in their community;
  • committed to the goals of the programme and
  • available.

The PSRL programme consists of six modules as outlined above and it is envisaged that the mentor and mentee will meet 3-4 times during the 6 month period (and hopefully beyond) to provide guidance, feedback and support around each of the six key topics covered. These meetings should be short, informal and no preparatory work of the mentor is expected (a meeting template will be provided). Dates and times of meetings should be agreed at the outset. The content of mentoring discussions between mentor and mentee is confidential.

All mentors will receive a full briefing prior to the commencement of the programme. This will include: purpose, ground rules, roles and responsibilities, mentoring techniques/skills and practicalities.