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Mentoring and Support

Mentoring and Support1

As a Unit we wish to facilitate personal and professional development for all our staff and students, ultimately enabling them to achieve their full potential, regardless of the stage of their careers. From Programme Leaders to students, all our members, have access to bespoke mentoring networks and can receive guidance and support from their supervisors and peers about various matters ranging from career progression strategies to broadening scientific horizons. The Unit also actively disseminates information about mentoring support available through the wider University.

Members of our Support Services team offer induction mentoring to all new starters at the Unit with an aim to help orientate and familiarise new starters to their new settings (such as with procedures, policies, personnel, sources of help and information, location of key equipment) and also to sign-post a neutral and impartial confidante for any concerns or difficulties that a new member may have during the settling in period.

Subsequent pastoral and mentoring support for all staff and students is available through the Head of the Department, the Units Scientific and Operations Portfolio Manager and through the HR support team, as applicable. Between them they help individuals develop their strengths and potential, identify their changing needs, concerns, values, aspirations, and address what's most important to them. An exhaustive annual Appraisal exercise and a robust Probation system are also in place to ensure consonance between the expectations and responsibilities of staff and students and their line-managers, such that ultimately everyone receives the attention and opportunity they require to achieve their full potential.

 

In addition, we organise specific events (such as the fortnightly Work in Progress talks, the monthly group leaders’ meetings, the Seminars in Oncology series and the Centre’s Annual Retreat) to facilitate developmental mentoring for staff and students. At such events members of the Unit have an opportunity to present their own work and receive specific feedback from supervisors and peers or listen to external experts and world leaders in the field. This form of mentoring, involving a free exchange of ideas and information through discussions, inevitably leads to solutions, strategies and action plans for mentees. These events also serve to widen the individual’s support network, build transferrable skills, provide motivation and improve confidence.

 

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Graduate students have access to mentoring and support through regular meetings with their laboratory supervisor, post-docs and fellow-students as well as through a dedicated Graduate Administration team who advice and support on all pastoral matters, training opportunities and provide administrative support. More specific information is available in the Graduate Students Handbook.

 

Lastly, the Unit  supports and closely collaborates with the Hutch Graduate Students Society and the Post-Doc Society who run their own calendar of mentoring events and talks throughout the year, alongside social events.