School of Nursing and Midwifery

Mentorship on Funded Research Scheme

Aim of the Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to promote a partnership approach to research and education within our School and the types of outcomes we wish to achieve through the scheme are:

  • Promote opportunities for more joined up working between lecturers and lecturers (Education), peer learning from each other, and collegiality.
  • Promote opportunities for lecturers (Education) (all grades) to contribute to funded research underway in the School
    •  Increase the opportunities to share the research we do in the School as part of the education of our students.
    • Increase opportunities to link research with clinical/service practice context
    • Promote opportunities for further spin off funded research applications and joint publications (but this is subject to opportunities that might arise and is not strictly a criterion for success).

 

How might it work?

In a nutshell this is a peer mentoring programme that involves lecturers (Education) shadowing on a research study being led within the School. Lecturers (Education) are not expected to be co-investigators or have responsibility to carry out the research (as the research grant will have been awarded and those details already subject to contract) but they would be welcome to join the team to learn more about the research, attend research meetings and work out an area of the study to which they may wish to actively contribute. Mentoring goals could be worked out collaboratively on a 3 month basis (between PI and Mentee). Examples might include:

  • becoming thoroughly familiar with the research study;  
  • attending research meetings where possible;
  • developing and delivering new teaching ideas from the  research;
  • participating in stakeholder involvement and dissemination exercises;
  • planning and conducting knowledge transfer activities;
  • contributing to literature review/ongoing literature searches;
  • participating in some of the fieldwork or analysis, subject to ethical approval;
  • developing an area for a joint publication;
  • developing a spin off research grant application or application to study on a PhD/doctoral programme.

 

Who could be involved in this Mentoring partnership?

First off, this scheme is of course entirely voluntary. Also, It is acknowledged that some lecturers (Education) have already gained considerable research expertise while others may consider themselves quite novice in the area. We would like to open the invitation to all lecturers (Education) across this expertise spectrum. Reflecting the goals outlined above, all of us will have something to offer and something to learn.

The scheme is open to lecturers (Education) (all grades) who would like to be involved in a funded research study currently underway in the school.

The mentors on the scheme are lecturers or lecturers (Education) (all grades) who are principal investigators on a funded research study.

Process

  1. Director of Research to obtain list of all offered studies from Principal Investigators (PIs) in school. Note PIs may be lecturers or lecturers (Education).
  2. A description of the project is then advertised and expressions of interest from lecturers (Education) will be sought. An expression of interest will be a 300 word explanation to explain a person’s interest, anticipated contribution and learning goals and a date for submission will be set by Research Support Office.
  3. The PI may showcase the project to interested candidates in a 1 hour presentation followed by a Q+A.
  4. Mentees at this stage have the option to withdraw their expression of interest.
  5. Two mentees will then be invited to join the research team. The PI will select one mentee based on their expression of interest and the second mentee will be chosen randomly (picked form a hat, by Research officer) from field of expressions of interest.
  6. Invitations to mentees will be issued out via the Research Support office.
  7. Once invitation is accepted, it is expected that the mentorship programme would last 1 year, but could be extended to two years, subject to length of study and mentorship goals.
  8. PI and Mentee meet to agree some initial goals for three months and to review collaboratively every three months.
  9. PI and mentee agree to participate in evaluation based on the first four criteria under aims annually.
  10. Start date for mentoring partnerships March 18th 2017.

Exclusion regulations

  1. Applications will not be accepted from lecturers (Education) who are currently studying for a PhD/EdD/professional Doctorate (as you may be a little pre-occupied!).
  2. Lecturers (Education) cannot be involved in more than one project. If a candidate is accepted for one project, then they must withdraw their application for any other projects for which they may have provided an expression of interest.
  3. Principal Investigators (PIs) should not offer funded PhD studies, so as not to interfere with supervisory arrangements which have been approved by the university.**
  4. In exceptional circumstances, PIs may submit studies to scheme that are in preparation for external funding, rather than those already funded.

 

Final Words re La Philosophy

Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that usually takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the peer mentee)(Wikipedia, thank you!).

This is a peer mentoring programme between peers who may have a different skill mix. The overall intention behind this pilot mentoring programme is to share expertise (e.g. between mentors and mentees). It is to acknowledge that all of us benefit from support to develop the different areas of expertise in our careers in a university environment, whether it is in relation to scholarly activity, research, education or management.

 


** However, please note lecturers (education) are welcome to become supervisors/and advisors of PhD studies subject to qualifications and expertise on study area. Please contact the PG Tutor if you are interested.

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