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The divisional and departmental mentoring schemes are a unique opportunity for staff and graduate students to be matched with a more senior and experienced individual to gain careers advice, support and guidance.

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Divisional Mentoring Scheme

The Divisional Mentoring Scheme, run by the Medical Sciences Division, involves the formation of peer mentoring circles, which will meet with a senior mentor four times a year. The aim is to support the development of postdoctoral and early career researchers across the Division by:

  • Encouraging self-reflection
  • Increasing networking opportunities through peer circles
  • Providing access to mentors outside of the researcher’s home department.

Mentoring is focused on long-term career development; for example, planning for the next stage for those on fixed-term contracts. However, mentees are encouraged to consider all areas of their lives and if a mentee's request focuses on a particular area, such as balancing childcare, we will attempt to facilitate this in our selection of peer circles.

For more information, please go to

Departmental Mentoring Scheme

NDS runs a departmental mentoring scheme for all staff and graduate students. Mentoring in NDS is a voluntary arrangement through which an experienced individual, outside the normal working relationship, holds regular meetings and discussions and takes a personal interest in guiding and supporting the development of a less experienced person in progression within and beyond their immediate role.

All staff and graduate students with at least 12 months' experience in NDS or the University of Oxford have the opportunity to register to be a mentor.

Download the NDS Mentoring Scheme Handbook (362 KB).

Feedback from a former mentee:

'The mentoring scheme was extremely helpful for me and provided a great opportunity to discuss career plans, aspirations and also to talk through some of the day-to-day issues I was dealing with at work. Being able to explain things to someone who didn’t have any background information often made it easier to see a way forward from a different perspective. Sometimes just having someone to talk to was enough. Even if my mentor didn’t have all the answers it was reassuring to have their feedback and support. I also made a great friend, who I otherwise wouldn’t have met. I would highly recommend it to anyone that hasn’t yet joined.'

Feedback from a former mentor:

'I enjoyed becoming a mentor and although the discussions I had with my mentee was primarily focused on their career development I found the relationship that we developed also helpful for me. We met regularly in a neutral environment and I was able to offer support and guidance gained from my own research experience. As a mentor I would recommend to anyone to take part in the NDS Mentoring Scheme as part of the support network within NDS.’


If you are interested in joining either of the schemes as a mentor or mentee, please contact the NDS HR Team at