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 is 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.
We are launching the pilot mentoring scheme to provide mentors for 10-15 early career researchers, supporting them to make decisions in their career path and provide independent support and advice.
The BSI will pair up mentors and mentees from different institutions based on an overlap of needs and expertise.
After pairing up the mentors and mentees, we request everyone attend a mentoring training session that will take place at the beginning of the BSI congress held in Brighton. This half-day session will take place on the morning of Monday 4 December 2017.
This initial meeting will allow pairs to establish a maximum and minimum number of interactions, the nature in which communications are made and help the pairs define what the future relationship will be. It is hoped that the mentor/mentee relationships will be maintained for a 12-month period for the duration of the trial.
The BSI will be evaluating the impact of the scheme on both mentees and mentors throughout the period and we hope to evaluate the scheme from the view of both parties at the end of the pilot.
As a mentor
Due to this being a pilot scheme, we have now filled all spaces for mentors wishing to take part in the programme.
Thank you to all mentors who have volunteered to participate.
As a mentee
Applications for mentees to be part of the pilot are now open.
The pilot scheme is open to BSI members who are early career researchers. For the purpose of the pilot, mentees should hold an aspiration of a research or teaching career within industry or academia at the time they embark on the scheme. (This is due to the area of expertise our mentors possess.)
If you think you would benefit from this please complete and return the following online form.
The mentee application period will remain open until Tuesday 31 October, 2017.
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 not eligible for our pilot, 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