Mentoring is provided in a number of ways at EAS. We believe it is a key way of investing in people, in making people feel valued and helping them to develop over time.
New members of academic staff are provided with a mentor. Mentors are also assigned to all Early Career Researchers (ECRs), drawn from a pool of Research Fellow supervisors and senior academics providing additional mentoring. The role of the mentor is to help support new staff, in particular ECRs in meeting their teaching and research objectives over the coming years. Support could range from providing advice on how to apply for research funding, publishing papers and teaching. Heads of departments limit teaching load for the first three years to provide time for adjustment and establishment.
We provide mentoring in EAS for research grant applications. This is provided through the Strategic Funding Manager (SFM) from the Research Knowledge Exchange. Staff meet with the SFM to discuss research activity and plans for the future. The SFM provides advice, guidance and support; and together they develop a five year research plan.
Leadership and promotion
We recognise that female staff may be more self-critical and less likely to put themselves forward. Mentoring and coaching plus leadership programmes to develop confidence and empower change are helping.