Two new opportunities for Research Staff who are interested in mentoring (either as the mentor or a mentee) have recently gone on the Training Calendar.
The first is a lunchtime workshop (March 23rd, 11.30-13.45 in Roscoe 1.009) called ‘Mentoring in academia: an introduction’ and is intended to give you some insight into the mentoring opportunities available to research staff in Manchester, the ways in which mentoring might help to advance a career in academia and allow you some time to consider what type of mentoring relationship might work most effectively for you. You’ll have the chance to hear from Prof. John Helliwell, who has mentored on the Manchester Gold scheme for several years, about why he gives up his time to mentor junior staff, and also from Prof. Katharine Perera (Director of the Women in Leadership Project) who will explain how and why mentoring can help people to succeed in academia. You’ll also meet researchers who have been mentored and have the opportunity to ask about their experiences, and we’ll even throw in lunch. If you’d like to know more or would like to book a place, visit the Training Calendar at: http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/humnet/acaserv/pgresearch/training/researchdev/course/index.htm?id=456
The second opportunity to learn more about mentoring is a more substantial two-day course (14th April and 24th June) on Skills for Mentors and Managers. This course will be delivered by professional trainers who have experience of working in Universities as researchers and managers, and will focus on developing the skills necessary for successful mentoring, but which are also very useful for other roles including supervision of research students and working in research teams. If you’d like to find out more or book a place, go to: http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/humnet/acaserv/pgresearch/training/researchdev/course/index.htm?id=447
If you’re not really interested in the thinking behind mentoring or developing the skills to be a mentor yourself, but you really want to get some advice from someone more experienced, the micro-mentoring scheme is probably what you’re looking for. For more information on what micro-mentoring is, and how you can get involved, see: https://researchstafftraining.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/new-research-staff-micro-mentoring-scheme/