Many departments have mentoring schemes for their research staff, as a way of providing an additional sounding board to support them and to connect with other members of staff. To find out if your department has a mentoring scheme, contact your departmental administrator.
Divisional Peer Mentoring Schemes
The Oxford Learning Institute and the Medical Sciences Division and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division respectively are running pilot Mentoring Circles for Research Staff.
“Meeting people from other departments and hearing both new perspectives on my situation and hearing similar concerns to mine makes me feel less alone.”
“Great to have ‘neutral’ feedback from people in a similar situation. Often it is surprisingly useful to simply describe a problem and (with advice) arrive at a series of possible actions.”
“It was useful to have time away from work, and in a supportive environment to reflect on personal and career goals.”
With one senior mentor and three or four mentees, these are proving a great way of allowing researchers to meet others from outside their department as well as allowing them the space to discuss issues outside of their immediate research project.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Dr Bill Dunn.