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Postdoc Academy

 

Our popular mentoring scheme offers individualised formal matching between a postdoc and a mentor. Mentors come from academia, business and industry, but could also come from governance, administration and charities if requested.

Successful mentoring can lead to increased productivity, career satisfaction and greater reported self-efficacy in the mentee.

Mentoring can be particularly useful for women and minority groups as it has been shown to reduce disparities with other academic members.

If you have any questions regarding the scheme please get in touch with the team at mentoring.pda@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Our winter mentoring call has now closed, and pairs have been matched. If you would like to be notified when our next programme call opens, please complete this brief register of interest.

 

Programme overview

Our scheme focuses on developmental mentoring, where a postdoc and their mentor work together to create solutions and action plans for successful career progression and personal development.

Before meeting, both mentors and mentees receive training in developmental mentoring and set expectations for the programme.

Postdocs are individually matched with an academic working in a related but different research area, or with a mentor from outside academia.

Academic mentors are drawn from outside the postdoc’s research department or institution to allow for complete openness in meetings.

Mentors and postdocs meet 4-6 times over a one year period - the meetings and their contents are confidential and driven by the postdoc.

 

Time commitment:

  • Both postdocs and mentors are required to attend a 1-hour training session.
  • Meetings between postdocs and mentors last 30–60 minutes each.

 

Eligibility:

  • Any postdoc working at Cambridge University, the Colleges or University Partner Institutions.
Information for prospective mentors

We are always looking to expand our pool of potential mentors to meet the development needs of the ever-growing postdoc population.

There is always a high demand for academic mentors, but we also receive applications from postdocs who are interested in working with mentors who have experience in other job sectors.

If you would like to mentor a University of Cambridge postdoc, please complete this form, and we will include you in our next mentoring call. 

If you have any questions regarding the scheme please get in touch with the team at mentoring.pda@admin.cam.ac.uk.