The BSI mentoring scheme sees two immunologists, one a senior researcher, the other an early career researcher (ECR) paired up over the course of the year. They chat regularly via video conferencing, telephone, and face to face meetings. Topics covered can include career progression, grant writing, publishing, networking, and many other career and wellbeing issues. Below you will find some of the pairs who have successfully taken part in previous years' schemes and here share their insights and experiences.
Mentor 1: Prof Ann Ager
Professor Ann Ager is the theme lead for inflammation at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University.
"It is very rewarding if you can assist an individual in coming to a decision about the next stage of their career."
Mentee 1: Dr Emily Gwyer Findlay
Dr Emily Gwyer Findlay is a research fellow at the Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh.
"I think everyone from PhD students to early career fellows would benefit from this scheme."
Mentor 2: Prof Gary Entrican
Professor Gary Entrican is an Honorary Professor at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
"I quickly realised that I’m also learning and getting many positives back from mentoring people that I otherwise would not have interacted with in this way. I would definitely recommend it!"
Mentee 2: Dr Ryan Thwaites
Dr Ryan Thwaites is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine in the National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London.
"I would strongly encourage anyone to look at different options for mentoring schemes; whether you know exactly what you want to do... or whether you are considering changing job or direction"
Mentee 3: Dr Julie Worrell
Dr Julie Worrell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation at the University of Glasgow.
"I would definitely recommend this mentoring scheme to my peers and colleagues. It has expanded my network, provided me with new and fresh perspectives and enhanced my professional development."