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Mentoring FAQs

Mentoring FAQs

Who is this for?

The mentoring scheme is for home Ph.D. candidates from a racially minoritised ethnic people background specifically: Asian British, Black, Black British, Caribbean or African Mixed or multiple ethnic groups. Please see the government webpage here for more details.

  • Please note: to be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
    Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have settled status, or
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

How will this help me?

There is a rich literature on the benefits of mentoring, but here are some common ways: mentors can act as translators (‘actually, this is what the university means’); sign posters (‘this is who you need to contact’); normalisers (‘my first presentation was terrible as well’); sponsors (‘this is a good opportunity you should apply to’) etc.

Our mentors are here to support the professional and personal development of students through cross-institutional knowledge, building resiliency, and fostering leadership.

How do I choose a mentor?

We allocate mentoring in cycles, although you can visit our website at any time to express an interest. You will then be able to browse available mentors on our website and see if that mentor is available to work with. If you find a mentor that is a good match for you, fill in the form at the bottom of their page.

How many mentors can I have?

We ask you to not contact more than 3 mentors at one time.

Can I change my mentor?

Yes, this is normal. Changing mentors can take place after the first meeting or after a few meetings. Please do let us know if you would like to change mentors.

How many times can I meet my mentor?

We ask mentors to meet for a minimum of 4 hours in the academic year. You may mutually decide to meet more than this if it is convenient for both mentor and mentee.

Can I choose my mentor from a different University ?

Yes, this can be beneficial as it gives a different perspective. You might also be able to find someone in your subject discipline more easily. However, please do not assume that the processes and procedures in your mentor’s institution, faculty, or department are the same if you are based elsewhere.

What if my mentor leaves?

Unlikely, but we can always allocate you to someone else and you may still keep in touch with your previous mentor. 

How long can I have this mentor for?

You should have a minimum of 4 meetings (typically 1 semester) but many mentors will continue to mentor informally beyond that.

Where do I sign up?

Please email [email protected] to express your interest, or if you have further questions.