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One of the key aims of the Engineering Postdoc Committee is to facilitate the training and career development of researchers in the Department and mentorship is an important area where significant differences can be made. The EDPC's mentoring officers have been working hard towards a complimentary peer-to-peer mentoring system for postdocs and a trial system is currently being implemented in the Whittle Lab (and Division A) with good success, and there are plans to roll this out across the Department.


Next Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Training Sessions

The Peer-to-Peer mentoring scheme for postdocs in the engineering department was officially launched in March this year and so all postdocs are encouraged to attend a mentoring training. The Engineering Department Postdoc Committee (EDPC) organises two mentoring training sessions each term to help develop the mentoring skills of postdocs.

For this term the following sessions have been arranged. Please follow the links below to book your place now as spaces are limited:

1.     Main Site, Trumpington Street: Oatley Meeting Room 1, Monday 27th March, 10am-12pm

2.     West Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing, Seminar Room 1, Wednesday 29th March, 10am-12pm

If you do have any questions about the scheme please do contact John Coull (jdc38), Thomas Harrington (tsh32) or Alexander Komashie (ak670).

Please note: After completing the course and successfully mentoring another postdoc for one year entitles you to a Certificate of Mentorship offered by the Department.


Mentoring Relationships

In general, we really need multiple mentoring relationships to meet all of our needs!

There are two broad types of mentoring:

Developmental Mentoring

  • Encouraging self-reflection in an exploratory way
  • Mentor encourages the Mentee to develop their own solutions

Informative Mentoring

  • Sharing experience and knowledge in a prescriptive way
  • Mentor provides solutions for the Mentee

With these differing aspects in mind, the EDPC is aiming to improve provisions for post-docs:

The department currently offers Academic mentors to all research staff. This can be arranged through your PI.

The EPDC is running a peer-to-peer mentoring scheme, see more details below.

Several bodies can help you to find external mentors, especially useful for specific needs (e.g. obtaining chartership):


Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Peer-to-peer mentoring is particularly useful for developmental mentoring. Where the mentor's information runs short, they can point people in the right direction. Peers are often more approachable and experience similar current challenges to you – certainly more so than senior teaching staff!

The EDPC is running a peer-to-peer scheme in the Department.  

The following documents summarise the scheme:

1)      The quick-start guide, explaining how it works

2)      Crib sheets for the mentor and mentee, designed to help structure the meetings

Want to know more?

For more information about the scheme, please contact our Mentoring Officer, . You can also sign up for the EDPC Postdoc Mentoring Scheme here.