22 Apr 2013 12:00pm - 2:30pm Peterhouse, Upper Hall


A CRASSH Postdoctoral Researcher Forum workshop jointly organised with the Careers Service and the Researcher Development Programme at PPD

The event is free to attend but registration is required. Please click on the link at the right hand side of the page to register your place.

Mentoring Programme 2013


Workshop 1: Mentoring – myths, assumptions & solutions

Monday 22 April 2013, 12:00-14:30; venue Peterhouse, Upper Hall.

Lunch will be provided.


A variety of institutional and national studies show that mentoring is high on many researchers’ wish lists when asked about the kinds of academic and career support that they would like, but the scope and effectiveness of mentoring schemes is still patchy. There is also evidence to suggest that many researchers are unsure how to approach prospective mentors or make the most of mentoring relationships. This three-part programme aims to explore some of the assumptions that underpin the ways we approach mentoring, as well as providing support for initiating active mentoring, including peer-to-peer mentoring. The final workshop also seeks, as part of a discussion with other academics, to map out future directions for a more sustained mentoring environment in the University.


What will you get out of this workshop?

  • Ideas about what mentoring can be, plus tips for how to make it what you want and need.
  • The chance to practise peer mentoring techniques and share advice with other postdocs.
  • A framework for implementing a peer mentoring relationship during the interval between workshop 1 and workshop 2.


What do you have to as part of the peer mentoring programme?

At the first workshop you will be paired up with another researcher. During the interval between the two workshops (7.5 weeks), you will be asked to commit to meeting for one peer mentoring session of 60 minutes, in order to put into practice some of the learning from workshop 1.


Structure of the programme

  • 22 April 2013 (12:00-14:30): Workshop 1: Mentoring – myths, assumptions & solutions
  • Between 22 April – 12 June: Putting mentoring into practice, 1 x 60 min discussion

  • 12 June 2013 (12:00-14:00): Workshop 2: Panel discussion – perspectives & future actions

You are welcome to attend either or both of the workshops, with no obligation. Each workshop is booked separately. Researchers who participate in the peer mentoring programme will be invited to a short debrief and feedback session, to take place immediately before the second workshop on 12 June.


This programme is a joint venture organised by the Careers Service, the Researcher Development Programme at PPD, and the Postdoctoral Researcher Forum at CRASSH.


For administrative enquiries please contact Naomi Hilton. 


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