The Buddy Scheme
A RSC report published at the end of 2008 revealed that many postdocs find themselves in the de facto position of being mentors/buddies to PhD students. It also shows the huge benefits that this gives to the PhD students. The report noted that those students who do not have postdocs in their groups miss out and are disadvantaged (it was reported as a contributing factor for those who did not continue in Chemistry after their PhD). Consequently, in March 2011, the Department of Chemistry started a postdoc-postgrad 'buddy' scheme.
Any postgraduate student may approach one of the Department's 'postdoc buddies' to provide advice and support in any area. All postdoc buddies are both approachable and supportive of postgrad students.
If you are interested in having a postdoc buddy please contact the Postdoc Development Team in the first instance.