Research Mentoring in Higher Education: pros and cons, rights and wrongs?

Mentoring schemes are becoming a common means of supporting developing researchers in higher education. Here at QMUL, a variety programmes are running or being piloted in our Schools and Institutes, aimed at all levels from students, to early-career researchers, to new academic staff. The approaches used vary from peer-based mentoring, to offline mentoring across departments.
Examining the efficacy of some of these approaches is the topic of our next Academic Progressions Webinar. Dr Patricia Castanheira, a Research Fellow from the School of Education, University of Brighton and Tom Levesley, from Chrysalis Research will be speaking about some of their research looking at Early-career Researcher Mentoring. Their talk will be titled: Research Mentoring in Higher Education: pros and cons, rights and wrongs?

This webinar will present initial findings from an ongoing mixed methods study of research mentoring for early career and more experienced university researchers. The aim of this research is to gather and review primary and secondary evidence about the purpose and impacts of research mentoring and coaching schemes. Secondary evidence is drawn from the existing literature. The primary research involves face to face interviews with more than 30 mentors and mentees in five universities across England. The qualitative research will be followed up with a wider survey reaching universities across the UK. The research is designed to inform policy makers and practitioners about what works in research mentoring in Higher Education, and provide practical pointers to implementing research mentoring in different institutions.


PatriciaDr. Patricia Castanheira: University of Brighton – Patricia gained her PhD in Educational Sciences in 2010 and has more than 11 years of experience in research in education. Her research has focused on school leadership, school management, school improvement, school policies, school evaluation and continuous teacher development, and she is widely published in these areas. Patricia has worked with the Portuguese Inspectorate for Education and Science as an expert in Education, and is Co-Convener of Network 11 – Educational Improvement and Quality Assurance of the European Educational Research Association.

TomTom Levesley: Director, Chrysalis Research – Tom has worked in public sector research and policy since 1994. He set Chrysalis Research, a specialist education research agency, in 2010 with two former colleagues to support organisations who want to have a positive social impact in the education and health sectors. Tom began his career as a primary school teacher before spending five years at QCA and its predecessor NCVQ, working in policy, research and development relating to vocational qualifications. Since then he worked in commercial and not-for-profit research organisations, including the National Foundation for Education Research, the Home Office the Institute for Employment Studies and EdComs, an education research consultancy.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 01 June 2016 at 14:00-15:00.

The talk will last for approximately 40 minutes, after which Patricia and Tom will take questions, through the Blackboard Collaborator platform.

To register for webinars in this series, please visit the CAPD bookings page and search for course code RSAP. Once you’ve registered, you will receive the standard confirmation email from our booking system. In addition we will send along joining instructions in advance of the date. This webinar is open to all QMUL staff and students. For more information, please contact Dr Rui Pires Martins, in the CAPD.


About ruipiresmartins

I'm a researcher developer for postdocs and research staff at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to that, I was an EMBO Fellow at the Gurdon Institute (University of Cambridge), studying Embryonic development and a PDRA in the Institute of Bioengineering (QMUL) studying nuclear and chromatin architecture in embryonic stem cells.
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