Q: Am I a suitable mentor for the EMSOC scheme?
A: If you’re committed to supporting scholars of colour and working to help make our field a more diverse and inclusive place, then yes. You must be willing to be available for the full duration of the mentorship, and to attend the training session.
Q: What are the time commitments?
A: We recommend that mentors and mentees meet for three 40–45-minute meetings over an academic year.
Q: How long does this scheme run?
A: The scheme will run for an academic year (October 2023-June 2024).
Q: Can I meet my mentee online?
A: Yes, meetings can take place online or in-person.
Q: What things can we talk about?
A: You can talk about anything from confidence-building to career-related topics. You should not be reading drafts of PhD chapters. Any other materials are by negotiation with the mentee.
Q: What if I don’t know the best advice to give my mentee?
A: If you are unsure what advice to give in any given situation please be honest (do not guess!) and contact the committee so we can help you.
Q: Can I choose my mentee?
A: The committee will match you to a suitable mentor according to your application requirements.
Q: How can I use the summary sheet?
A: The summary sheet is optional and can be used before the session/s to help you both get the most out of them.
Q: Who can I contact when the mentor/mentee relationship is not working as I would have hoped and what can be done?
A: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to resolve the issue.
Q: Is this scheme planned to run for more than a year?
A: The scheme is initially set to run for one year as a pilot, with the intention and hope of continuing in the future.