The Department of Chemistry launched the Mentoring Scheme for Contract Research Staff (CRS) in March 2014. The scheme has been devised in collaboration with the Department's Post-Doc Affairs Committee (PDAC), and is fully supported by the Head of Department and Athena SWAN working group. The University of Cambridge supports mentoring as a dynamic way of facilitiating personal and professional development.
Under the Chemistry Department's scheme, a ‘pool‘ of academic and senior staff have volunteered to mentor CRS across a range of work-related topics and issues including:
- help with research-related issues: project management/time management
- help with other work-related issues: people management/conflict resolution
- career development and progression: values, aspirations, training
- routes to academic and/or industry careers
- work-life balance (including “women in science” and related issues)
- provide motivation, confidence and inspiration
The revised scheme is not intended to replace any successful mentoring relationships in the current system where a PI recommends a suitable mentor. These should continue, and researchers can continue to seek a mentor/mentoring advice through their PI.
Please refer to the documents below for information on this scheme:
Academic and senior staff acting as mentors are:
Dr Isabelle de Wouters
Those postdocs who are currently mentors to our graduate students can be found here.