The BSI sees mentoring as a professional relationship between an experienced person (the mentor), supporting another individual (the mentee), through a process of developing and enhancing their career and personal growth.
We feel that many early careers immunologists would benefit from a two-way relationship where the mentor acts as a sounding board who signposts and shares experiences where relevant.
While many institutes, and a few learned societies, provide mentoring, we think there is an unmet need for mentoring of early career immunologists particularly in terms of having the opportunity to access a mentor from outside your institution.
With that in mind, the BSI has launching a mentoring scheme to support professional development amongst the immunology community, fulfilling one of our key aims to support and develop the next generation of world leading immunologists.
Our pilot mentoring scheme has been laucnhed and consists of 10 mentor/mentee pairs, with the aim of providing independent support and advice to early career researchers.
Mentors and mentees from different institutions have been paired together based on an overlap of needs and expertise.
Everyone participating in the scheme attended a half day mentoring training session that took place at the beginning of the BSI Congress. This half-day training session was mandatory to all those who wished to take part in the programme.
During the initial meeting participants were able to establish a maximum and minimum number of interactions, the nature in which communications will be made over the course of the scheme and help the pairs define what the future relationship will be. Mentor/mentee relationships will be maintained for a 12-month period, which will be the duration of the trial. The BSI will be evaluating the impact of the scheme from the perspective of both mentees and mentors throughout the programme.
Applications for the 2017/18 pilot scheme is now closed, thank you to all mentors and mentees who have volunteered to participate.
We hope to run a similar scheme following the completion of the pilot (which will conclude in December 2018). Details of how to apply for future BSI mentoring schemes will be provided here in due course.
If you would like to find out more information about the BSI's mentoring scheme, please email Glyn Jones
If are interested in being mentored but unable to participate in the BSI scheme, there are other schemes that may be able to support you. Below is a list of some national schemes you may wish to consider getting in touch with:
- Academy of Medical Science Mentoring Programme – for clinical scientists
- Mindtorch – for STEMM undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates
- Royal Society – for Royal Society fellowship holders only