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Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme

Pilot scheme now open to School of Medicine Researchers

The Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme (TRAMS), is now open for expressions of interest from School of Medicine researchers who have an interest in being mentored.

The TRAMS cross-institutional Mentoring programme aims to pair experienced individuals involved in Teaching and / or Research (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide career guidance and structured support. 

This successful scheme which TCD has joined, for 2020/2021, is a 6-way collaboration with partner Universities in Scotland including the University of St Andrews the University of Dundee, Abertay University,Glasgow School of Art and the James Hutton Institute.

The 2020-21 partnership cycle will focus on fostering distance partnerships using online platforms, where participants can progress their goals via videoconferencing and other online tools.

The mentoring scheme was designed to meet the following four goals:

1. Share knowledge and expertise

2. Increase cross-institutional networking and mentoring

3. Support mentees with goal setting and career management

4. Support mentees in taking responsibility for their own skills and career development

As mentoring relationships form and progress, it is likely that pairs will formulate additional goals, specific to them.

Who can be a mentee?

You must be:

  • Employed by the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, until September 2021
  • Involved in Teaching and/or Research
  • Looking for guidance and support to develop your career
  • Able to commit up to one hour per month for up to 12 months to the mentoring partnership

Timelines for 2020/2021 Cycle

June/July 2020 – Scheme Launched – applications open

July 16rd 2020 – Deadline for expressions of interest

August 7th 2020 – Mentees notified that they will be forwarded to scheme for matching with a mentor

August/September 2020 – Briefing sessions for mentees or people who are interested in joining in future cycles.

September 2020 – Matching takes place and if a potential mentoring partnership can be identified, a mentor/mentee will be proposed

October 2020 – Getting started sessions - Once pairings are agreed, all participants are invited to an informal networking session - Partnerships begin

Applying to join the scheme
To apply to join the scheme, as a mentee, please complete the expression of interest form: TRAMS Expression of Interest Form


The scheme is restricted to the nomination of 5 TCD mentee candidates for the 2020/2021 cycle. If more than 5 applications are received, the School of Medicine Mentoring sub-group may contact you for further information.

Candidates will be notified if they have been selected to the scheme by Friday August 7th.

For more information about the scheme and application process, please read:

‌‌Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme Handbook (PDF 1.82 MB)

Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme Leaflet (PDF 958 kB)

For further information: