Our mentoring masterclasses will hone your mentoring technique, help build mutually beneficial relationships, and review the challenges of being an effective mentor or mentee.
We enable thoughtful, constructive discussion across both sides of mentoring relationships, facilitated by experienced mentoring coordinator and executive coach Alexis Hutson.
These sessions are open to all current and potential Academy mentees as well as Academy Fellows, NIHR Senior Investigators and NIHR Research Professors.
Following a masterclass, you will have a clear understanding of:
The roles of mentor and mentee.
How to establish and manage expectations.
How to deal with potential challenges during a mentoring relationship.
How to ask good questions and give and receive feedback.
Our career development events are currently online as part of the Academy's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The next online mentoring masterclasses will be:
- Wednesday 8 September, 13.00 - 15.00 (event details here).
- Tuesday 12 October, 10.00 - 12.00 (event details here).
- Wednesday 24 November, 13.00 - 15.00 (event details here).
- Monday 6 December, 10.00 - 12.00 (event details here).
“I found this mentorship workshop invaluable – irrespective of whether I ever get “chosen” as an Academy mentor I have already taken this learning and applied it. Having never really thought or learned about mentorship previously I can honestly say that at the end of this short workshop I felt confident that I had a really good insight into what it is/is not. The trainer's style was incredibly engaging and one cannot help but be stimulated to think and contribute to the discussions.
“On arrival I was a bit surprised that mentees and mentors were attending the workshop together but it worked very well; it is extremely important that all parties have a shared appreciation of mentorship is and we had open discussions about our perceptions.
“Sometimes these kinds of skills and personal development workshops can be rather woolly and it can be difficult to pinpoint learning. Not in this case. We came away with some very clear action points – particularly about mentorship contracts or agreements – as well as a very clear sense of appropriate and inappropriate mentorship behaviours and approaches. The trainer was very generous in sharing their own personal experiences and did this in a way that undoubtedly helped our learning and confidence. The learning materials were also great.
“I have already applied what I learned in the workshop, particularly in advising junior colleagues about their own mentorship opportunities and approaches they might take. In summary I would say this workshop was enormously valuable and I would wholeheartedly recommend it.” ~ Professor Dame Nicky Cullum DBE FMedSci
“The workshop was well planned and the facilitator clearly had immense interest and expertise in mentoring schemes. I also found the workshop interesting as a forum for meeting many future mentees and hearing about their expectations of the programme.” ~ Professor Sussan Nourshargh FMedSci
“I attended the Academy’s training session to familiarise myself with their scheme and also to refresh my skills, having been trained by my own institution several years ago. The training was extremely palatable, allowed us to interact with future mentees, to network and taught this old dog a few more tricks!” ~ Professor Susan Wray FMedSci
“This workshop was a lot more useful than I thought it would be. The key thing is I changed my mind about who to invite to be my mentor, and it gave me a set of tools to plan for the first session and structure my thoughts.” ~ Mentee
"I went to the workshop after my first mentoring meeting, which was perhaps bad timing but it was still very useful. However my mentor had been to one before our first meeting, and she was so well prepared! We used the materials a lot – it’s nice to fall back on a defined process. I think we need that, as scientists. The workshop reaffirmed a lot of things that I was thinking about.” ~ Mentee