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Our work with Industry

The social sciences have a great deal to offer businesses – from understanding the potential for new goods, services and business models to improving relationships with providers, customers and employees.

It is also vital for researchers to engage with businesses in order to understand and develop the potential impacts of their research. The SGSSS runs a number of opportunities to support industry and research collaborations. 

SGSSS Career Pathways Mentoring Scheme

We are recruiting SGSSS alumni to take part in a brand new mentoring programme that will support our current PhD researchers to expand their options and networks for a range of post-PhD careers. 

The SGSSS Career Pathways Mentoring Scheme aims to increase the knowledge and capability of social science doctoral students to engage with business, by pairing them with graduates who have succeeded in making the transition to a successful business career or who have substantial experience building academic collaborations with business. It is supported by the Accelerating Business Collaboration (ABC) between SGSSS and the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

What is mentoring? Mentoring is a learning relationship that includes elements of listening, advising, planning, challenge, support and sharing experience. In this programme mentoring can be understood as: “A confidential active learning process whereby an experienced, empathic person (the mentor) facilitates the development of another individual (the mentee). 

To express an interest in taking part in this pilot programme please complete the 5 minute Expression of Interest form here by Friday 19 February. Mentors will be selected by Friday 26 February and the programme begins with a compulsory welcome workshop on Thursday 11 March or Tuesday 16 March. 

Who are the MenteesMentees will all be second or third year PhD students. They have self-enrolled on the programme and have completed a preparatory workshopMentees are proactive in the mentoring partnership: they set objectives for their own learning, lead the agenda for the one-to-one sessions and decide how best to use their time. 

How does it work? Following a short Welcome Workshop facilitated by Dr Kay Guccione (Independent Researcher Mentoring Consultant) mentors and mentees will be matched together. Once pairs are matched mentoring proceeds as a series of confidential conversations. We recommend around 4 ~1h conversations over the 6-month programme. 

 How long does it take? The total time commitment for the 6-month programme is 8h. This includes the Welcome Workshop (90min), the mentoring meetings (4h on a one-to-one basis, plus a 90min ‘Meet the Mentors’ coffee morning), and all associated paperwork (1h). 

Still unsure? The general anticipated benefits to mentorinclude: 

  1. Management and leadership development: self-awareness, active listening, challenging, motivating others, building commitment to action, coaching.  
  2. Increased professional networks, via the mentee, and the other mentees and mentors in the programme cohort. 
  3. Appreciation of the skills and experiences of PhD researchers and the benefit they can bring to private sector organisations. 
  4. Satisfaction of helping others who are transitioning from academic research into other sectors and/or research opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact the Programme Managers Michael Gray and Anna-Marie Linnell: