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Royal Society of Edinburgh Mentoring Scheme

New interdisciplinary mentoring scheme to support doctoral researchers at Scotland's universities

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is working with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to develop a mentoring scheme, matching RSE Fellows from non-social science disciplines to support PhD students with professional development, research impact, networks, and career progression. 

The mentoring scheme aims to fulfil the following objectives:

  • Enhance the student experience, in alignment with the SGSSS Student Experience strategic aim of supporting professional development and social capital (research impact, developing networks, careers advice) among students by allowing them to benefit from the knowledge and experience of RSE Fellows working in different disciplinary areas.
  • Support the students’ engagement in their own professional development by encouraging them to negotiate the terms of their mentoring needs with their mentor as the relationship develops. 
  • Contribute to the strategic aims of the RSE, in particular ‘create a more active and diverse Fellowship and forge stronger national, international and cross-sector relationships and partnerships in order to enhance and widen the RSE’s outreach and impact.’

Initially the scheme will be by invitation only. It is hoped that it will be rolled out more widely across the SGSSS partnership on completion of the pilot phase.

For further about this scheme, please contact us