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Speed Mentoring for Early Career Researchers

Gain mentoring support from multiple experienced academics in our innovative speed mentoring format.

  • 28 Nov 2023, 10.00am to 28 Nov 2023, 12.00pm GMT
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

Have you ever wanted some advice from a senior colleague who isn’t formally connected to you? Have you ever wondered how others approach challenging problems? Are you interested in perspectives from other academic environments? This is your opportunity. We are bringing together experienced academic researchers for a speed mentoring session so that they can offer you their support and advice.

Speed mentoring offers you the opportunity for a series of short, focused conversations about a specific question or issue you are struggling with or a goal you are trying to achieve. At this session, which is focused on career and professional development, you will rotate around four different mentors, spending 15 minutes with each, to gain different perspectives on a personal or professional issue you are seeking to resolve.

This session is being run in collaboration across the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Kent, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, and Sussex and King’s College London. If offered a place you will have the opportunity to participate in speed mentoring sessions with academics from a selection of the participating institutions. Those academics may or may not be based in your disciplinary area. The focus is on career development more generally.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Get help with addressing a particular career development challenge
  • Consider new approaches in a space away from your normal working environment
  • Increase your confidence
  • Build a support network outside your own team or work area to draw on in the future
  • Understand and gain insight into the sector more broadly

Making the most of the session

In order to benefit fully, in advance of the session we will ask you to:

  • Think about a problem, issue or challenge on which you would like to gain input
  • Try to identify any options you may be considering and think about the advantages and disadvantages of these
  • Note down a one-minute description of yourself and your role that provides context.

Places are limited and will be distributed between the participating institutions; please note that registering here may not guarantee a place, though we will operate a waitlist if needed. If selected, you will be emailed invitations with joining instructions in advance of the event.

Speed Mentoring for Early Career Researchers

Apply for your place Registration deadline: 4pm Friday 3 November

Contact us

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.