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Researcher Mentoring Scheme

A definition of Mentoring from Boseman and Feeney (2007) superimposed on the QMUL Clocktower

QMUL Researcher Mentoring Scheme

for PhD Students and Postdoctoral and Early-career Researchers

Researcher Development offers mentoring opportunities for PhD students, postdoctoral and early-career researchers.

These allow for

  • PhD students to be mentored by postdocs or ECRs, matched 1-to-1
  • or postdocs and ECRs to be mentored by academic staff, either 1-to-1 or in small groups.

Researchers wishing to find a mentor outside QMUL or the HE sector will get support to do so. Postdocs and ECRs who are engaged as mentees with academic staff can also take on a PhD mentee.

The Researcher Mentoring scheme is closed for additional applications for the 2020/21 academic year.

For researchers wanting mentoring support, please contact Dr Rui Pires Martins for additional information.

Select one of the tabs below for more information.


Mentoring is available for all QMUL PhD student and postdoctoral researchers, across all faculties. This scheme is open to members of the QMUL research staff community who identify as researchers, irrespective of your current contract type. This means that teaching fellows and clinician-researchers (PhD or postdoc stage) are also encouraged to participate.

Three modes of mentoring are available to researchers (see Mentoring Modes tab).


PhD students will be mentored by postdocs in 1-to-1 arrangements (2-3 mentees to one mentor). Postdocs who choose to participate as mentees can also mentor PhD students.

Academic staff members can participate as mentors for postdocs in a 1-to-1 or small group arrangements (as above).

Mentees (PhDs or postdocs) can also opt to find their own mentor either within QMUL or beyond, and we will support you in the process of finding your mentor.

Registration and Matching

To participate in the scheme, please fill out a brief questionnaire (currently closed) to help with matching mentors and mentees. The questionnaire is the same for all participants.

Mentors will be matched with mentees outside of their research groups and line-management arrangements after the call closes on 08 January 2021.

If matching necessitates it, we may suggest a different mode of mentoring based on the participants in the cohort.

Time Commitment

Once mentoring-pairs and groups have been established, it will be left up to the individuals involved to decide on the duration, frequency and structure of their sessions. It is recommended that mentoring meeting occur at least quarterly for 1-2 hours/session. It is expected that mentees will drive the process, and that they maintain regular contact via email, for example, with their mentors or mentoring groups.

Researcher Mentoring Modes: Mode A (1-to-1 mentoring); Mode B (small group mentoring); Mode C (Find your own Mentor)Mode A (1-to-1 mentoring): A member of academic staff (mentor) will be matched with a postdoc (mentee) OR a postdoc/ECR (mentor) will be matched with a PhD student (mentee). Each participant will provide some basic information as to allow for matching. In all cases, every attempt will be made to match a mentee with an appropriate mentor outside of their research group (or department/centre).

Mode B (small group mentoring): Small groups will be composed of one mentor and up to three  researchers. Mentor and mentee groups will be matched based on campus location and to ensure a diversity of experience as well as appropriateness of the offline mentor.

Mode C (researcher-led 1-to-1 mentoring): this cohort of researchers will undergo directed training to equip them with a strategy to approach an appropriate potential mentor and request their time for mentoring. The mentee will receive 1-to-1 and action-learning based coaching throughout the search process. This approach empowers the researcher in allowing them to pick a mentor they specifically feel may shed light on their development. These will not be limited to QMUL academic staff or to individuals in the academic sector. Support will include follow-on action-learning sessions and coaching to enable researchers to find their own mentors.

All Mentors and Mentees will be offered training that will provide the participants with information about the aims of the scheme, as well as approaches to coaching and mentoring that the participants can use during the trail.

We offer several modes of training to support this mentoring scheme, together with an online module (hosted in QM Plus). Information on specific dates for training will be available for the 2020/21 via our booking system. Matching will take place in January 2021, training will take place in February, and mentoring can begin as soon as both you and your mentor have been trained..

Additional action-learning or 1-to-1 coaching sessions will be provided to support researchers who want to find their own mentors.

To register for these training sessions, visit the CPD booking system and search for course code RD-QMA-023 (All modes) or RD-QMA-016 (Mode C).