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The IoO mentoring scheme provides full training through a workshop and a one-to-one mentor/mentee relationship with a local mentor for a year.

Whether you feel like you get enough mentoring from your PI/line manager or not, any one can benefit from one-to-one independent support in developing their career, building confidence and communication skills, and establishing connections and networks that will help you further your career. May be you just need someone to help you figure out whether to are suited for an academic career or are ready to work for industry? How can you make your CV more attractive for a job? Are you comfortable in your current career path and do you see a clear future? Do you even have a career path? Having someone to talk to and share your concerns/challenges/ideas is essential to one’s personal development. Ultimately you are the one in charge of your career, but support can help you make the most of it.

The Institute is committed to providing mentoring support for all individuals, especially junior scientists and we now offer a full peer-to-peer mentoring programme available to all. If you are not enrolled on the local mentoring scheme, we encourage you to seek a mentor either at the Institute or elsewhere at UCL by registering the UCL U-Mentor platform. In addition, for “on the spot” advice, quick questions, CV review, you can get contact our Career Advice Surgery at any time, where senior Institute staff with mentoring experience will be on hand to help.


IoO mentoring scheme:

The IoO mentoring scheme provides full training through a workshop and a one-to-one mentor/mentee relationship with a local mentor for a year. The next round of applications will be sent in February, for a start in April/June. If you wish to participate in the mentoring scheme, either as a mentor or a mentee, or would like more information, please contact Maryse.

Some of what our current mentees/mentors have to say:

“I find that the scheme helped me a lot to focussed as well on what I’d like to do in my next career step and to finalized more my current work for my future”. Mentee, 2016 Scheme

“I just want to say that as a mentor, it has been a very good experience for me and I am happy to continue working in the programme.  I am pleased that I am able to advise young people based on my own knowledge of the scientific world!” Mentor, 2016 Scheme

“Fantastically helpful in encouragement, advice, problem-solving, different views etc…!” Mentee, 2016 Scheme


Mentoring at UCL: the uMentor platform

The Institute is committed to providing mentoring support for all staff. Whether seeking a mentor either at the Institute or elsewhere at UCL all staff are encouraged to registering with the UCL U-Mentor platform. The U-Mentor platform provides guidance for mentors and mentees and allows mentees to find a suitable mentor at UCL (including the Institute). The platform is for all staff, and we strongly encourage both research staff and professional/support staff to use the platform to find a mentor for career development support. Junior and senior staff are also strongly encouraged to register on the platform as mentors. Please contact Maryse  or Maria if you would like to know more about mentoring and/or personal career guidance at the Institute or the U-Mentor team for information about mentoring at UCL.