MENTORING FAQs

WHO CAN I CONTACT REGARDING GETTING A MENTOR?

You can contact the mentoring team by emailing us at mentoring@flfdevnet.com 

WHEN WILL I BE CONTACTED BY THE MENTORING TEAM REGARDING THE MENTORING PROGRAMME?

Cohort 1 of the UKRI FLFs have already been allocated a mentor, so we will concentrate efforts initially on matching mentors to mentees in cohorts 2 and 3.
Once we have established mentoring partnerships for cohorts 2 & 3, we will then review support for cohort 1.

WHY DO I NEED AN FLF MENTOR?

You may already have a mentor in your host institution or indeed have mentors who have supported you in developing your career from an early stage. We expect all FLF colleagues to have benefited from support (formal and informal) across their academic life cycle to date. The FLF mentor will complement (and not replace) such support, extending your support networks and broadening career horizons, as you develop as a Fellow and begin to consider your career progression and transitions.

WILL I BE ABLE TO CHOOSE MY MENTOR?

We will be drawing on an established pool of FLF mentors and seeking to draw on new mentors to the programme to diversify the community of mentors available. If you have suggestions for mentors, for yourself and indeed for others, please do email us at mentoring@flfdevnet.com. We will take account of mentor availability and match to our programme and its ethos. To facilitate the marching process, all mentees and mentors will be asked to outline what they wish to gain from the mentoring relationship and what they bring to it too.

We are investigating how we can make the matching process as inclusive of your needs and priorities and will seek to involve you at all stages of the matching process where possible.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MENTOR IS UNABLE TO CONTINUE MENTORING DURING OUR PARTNERSHIP?

This can happen if the mentor is unable to dedicate sufficient time to be your mentor. If this happens, we will match you with another mentor. Our aim is to train all mentors on expectations of participation in the project. We do not anticipate a mentor declining mentorship or withdrawing mid-cycle unless their circumstances change.

CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE MENTOR FOR VARIOUS ASPECTS OF MY CAREER?

Of course, we expect you to make the most of other mentors and mentorship in other aspects of your career and at different career stages.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE MENTORING PROGRAMME?

You can expect to be partnered with an FLF mentor over a 12-month period. We anticipate a minimum of 4 meetings, but this will depend on the relationship that you build.
We will provide training at the beginning of the mentoring partnership to help you get the most from the partnership.
As mentee, you will set the direction/agenda for the mentoring discussions, with your mentor providing guidance, support and at time challenge in developing on your agreed outcomes for the mentoring.
We will integrate opportunities to feedback to us on the mentoring programme over the 12-month cycle to improve the experience for you and your peers, and to help us to plan forward for new cohorts.

HOW CAN I MAKE SUGGESTIONS TO THE MENTORING PROGRAMME?

You will have an opportunity to provide suggestions at the Research Encounter (March 2021)

You can contact the mentoring team by emailing us at mentoring@flfdevnet.com 

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS, FOR ME, AS A MENTEE?

You will be offered training that will provide you with guidance on articulating and thinking through what you want from your mentor, as well as how to complete a mentoring contract to get the best out of your mentor and mentoring sessions.
The initial meeting with your mentor will be to agree a mentoring contract which will include confidentiality, areas for discussion, and future meetings.
You will be responsible for setting up mentoring meetings with your mentor and agreeing the times to meet and duration, that fit with both you and the mentor.
We would expect that mentoring meetings would be held via an online meeting platform such as Zoom or Teams, certainly in the current COVID-19 context.
We will contact you to ask for feedback on the mentoring partnership and we would be grateful for your honest feedback.
We would be happy for you to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your mentoring partnership.

WHAT IF I AM ALREADY HAPPY WITH THE MENTOR I ALREADY HAVE?

That is fine, we do not wish to take anything away from you if your current mentor is working for you. Please let us know by emailing us at mentoring@flfdevnet.com with your name and the name and role of your mentor details so that we may keep a note of this for our records. However, UKRI is keen to ensure that all FLFs can review and develop their mentoring networks. We may still contact you in the future to see how this is working out for you, or we may ask you for feedback on your experience.

I AM FROM COHORT 1, BUT AM UNHAPPY WITH MY CURRENT MENTOR, AM I ABLE TO REQUEST A NEW ONE?

Cohort 1 will be able to be re-matched in October 2021. We welcome your feedback of your current experience, and completion on the online mentee matching form (once available) to be able to appropriately match you.
Mentee training for cohort 1 will be offered after October 2021.

WILL THERE BE ANY TRAINING FOR MENTORS AND MENTEES, IF SO, WHEN WILL THIS BE?

Yes, there will be mentoring workshops for both mentees and mentors
We expect to roll out training in the summer/autumn 2021 as online training
Our mentee-focused workshops will help you make the most of your mentoring relationship.
We will offer further (synchronous and asynchronous) refresher sessions to be delivered in a format dependent on the changing public health environment.

IS THERE AN EXPECTATION THAT MENTORS AND MENTEES ATTEND TRAINING?

Yes, there is, but we fully appreciate individual circumstances may not permit this in some cases. We will provide recorded briefing on the purpose and intended outcomes of mentoring and will provided associated online resources

I WAS NOMINATED TO JOIN THE NETWORK BY MY UKRI COUNCIL, AND AM NOT AN FLF. HOW AND WHEN WILL I BE MATCHED WITH A MENTOR?

 
 

Fellows who have been nominated to join the Network but who aren't FLFs will still benefit from our mentoring programme.

 

Your start date on the programme will be aligned with the start date of the FLF round to which you align in time scales. We will prioritise those in cohorts 2 and 3 to be matched with mentors firstly.  You will then be asked to complete a mentee matching form. We anticipate that those where the start date aligns with cohorts 2 and 3 will be matched by September 2021, with training then being offered in September for both mentors and mentees. 

 

Those aligned with Round 1, who have already been assigned mentors, will be asked to provide feedback on their experience. Round 1 and the non-FLFs aligned with Round 1, will be offered the opportunity to be re-matched in October 2021, with a view to offer training for the newly matched mentees and mentors in January 2022.

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