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The Mentoring Scheme


Deadline for the Autumn intake for Mentees and Mentors is 23 November 2017 

MRS has developed a specialist Mentoring Scheme to give members access to senior individuals in the research sector for professional mentoring. The Scheme provides matched members with the support of an experienced professional who can help you optimise your work and plan your future. Mentoring is recognised within the MRS CPD scheme.

Created for the research sector, the scheme is designed in response to demands to equip research professionals with a new combination of skills for today’s market.

A sector review by PWC, The Business of Evidence 2016, highlighted how – along with a comprehensive understanding of the ‘evidence market’ – competences for researchers must now include business acumen, data analysis, storytelling skills as well as the ability to be an agile, early adopter.

“My mentor offered me really good advice on all the topics I brought along to the mentoring sessions and was very understanding. It really helps at the stage I'm in at the moment of settling into a new job and trying to adapt and learn.”

Mentee Katheryn Pollock, Customer and Market Intelligence Manager, GE Healthcare

A brief overview on how it works

The MRS Professional Mentoring Scheme provides a framework to develop a broader set of competences and interpersonal skills to fulfil this brief. The mentoring relationship enables research professionals to review their approaches, optimise their thinking and integrate both left-brain analysis with right-brain creative thinking.

“We’re all so busy that sometimes we can lose sight of what’s important. While being a mentor is challenging at times, it’s great to feel that you can help someone else develop their career while you get to learn about yourself along the way”.

Mentor Fiona McAllister, Managing Director of Beaufort Research

The scheme is only available for individual MRS members. The scheme invites members to apply to the scheme and places are allocated on a number of criteria including prompt application, location, match, availability of mentors and stage in career.

"With both the PWC sector review highlighting the new skills needed for researchers, and increasing requests from members for more individualised support, we launched the Professional Mentoring Scheme. The pilot in 2016 demonstrated just how effective mentoring relationships are in enabling effective personal and professional growth. What is also heartening is that Mentors learn from the experience as well."

CEO Jane Frost, MRS

For more information on how the Mentoring scheme works
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