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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 with good success, and there are plans to roll this out across the Department.


Next Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Training Sessions

There are two opportunities, this term, to get training in the Department on how to mentor others. This is a useful skill to have, whatever your career trajectory. These workshops have been organised for you by the Department's Postdoc committee (EDPC)


1.     Main Site, Trumpington Street: Teaching Room, JDB, Wednesday 27th November, 2pm-4pm

2.     West Cambridge - pending

These sessions will be led by a professional trainer, Katie Hewitt. She has run mentoring training sessions for us and for other Departments in the University for a number of years. Feedback is excellent.

Please see, the the presentation: Training Slides 

This training is an essential part of the peer-to-peer mentoring scheme. Although not compulsory, if you take part in this training and continue to provide peer-to-peer mentoring for a mentee assigned to you, over one year, you will be eligible for the Certificate in Mentorship, awarded by the Department.

If you do have any questions about the scheme please do contact  .

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.