Find a Mentor
Mentoring for research potentially benefits both mentor and mentee and therefore the AHSC and its partner organisations. It is open to invidviduals who are registered for, or currently undertaking a PhD. Please read the information in this section before applying.
Find a mentor
Guidance for research mentees
Mentoring for research potentially benefits both mentor and mentee and therefore the AHSC and its partner organisations. It is open to individuals who are registered for, or currently undertaking a PhD. Please read the information in this section before applying.
Guidance for mentees - getting the most out of mentoring:
Mentoring Research is most likely to be effective when the mentee:
- Takes responsibility for their own learning
- Actively shapes the mentoring conversations
- Accepts challenge
- Is open and honest about themselves
- Has trust in the research mentor
- Is willing to take risks
- Has realistic expectations that are shared and agreed with the mentor
The sorts of conversations that can take place in research mentoring can include:
- Career aspirations
- Blocks and challenges
- Relationships at work
- Learning from mistakes
- Performance issues
For further information download the booklet "Being a mentee – how to get the most from mentoring".
Applying to the Mentoring for Research Scheme
How to find a mentor in the AHSC
Staff in clinical Health Professions outside of medicine currently doing PhDs and employed by Imperial AHSC member organisations (Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust) are eligible to apply for a mentor through the scheme. During the summer of 2018 the programme is being informally launched and mentees nominated by AHSC colleagues have been invited to join the programme.
Longer term, in 2019, the programme will be rolled out more widely to applicants and there will be an confidential online application/contact form available on this page to complete and submit. Colleagues considering applying in 2019 might like to read the information on these pages to learn more about mentoring and how it can benefit their research/academic careers. Please have a look at the guidance for mentees
How the process works
- Once you have made a request for mentoring you will be offered a choice of potential research mentors based on your preferences; this process is called matching. The pool of research mentors will be searched for individuals with experience or expertise relevant to your request who have capacity to take on a research mentee. In general you will be matched with mentors who work in a different area to you. If you would specifically like to speak to someone who has knowledge of your narrow area of work then please indicate this on your form.
- You will be sent the profiles of a few available mentors who match your requirements. Once you have made a choice about who you would like to mentor you, we will put you in touch with each other.
- You will be contacted 6 months from the start of the mentoring relationship in order for you to be able to feed back about how you are finding the sessions and the scheme.
- Whether you have a specific situation on which you would like guidance, or would like a longer term association with a mentor, get in touch and we will do our best to find you a match. You can keep seeing your mentor for up to two years, but if you feel that you have a reached a point where you no longer require mentoring before then, please let the research mentoring coordinator know. This will enable the services of that mentor to be made available to other members of staff.