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Mentorship Programme

The need for additional support and mentoring for students, academics and PASS staff at early career stages, particularly over and above that which is provided through the traditional supervisor relationship, has long been recognised. This can range from support with specific skills through to more personal issues such as balancing work and family and overcoming personal barriers to participating in academic life. Mentoring is a recognised strategy to support career advancement and can, therefore, assist in redressing imbalances in representation of people of different races, and both genders and those with disabilities at higher levels in academia.

In recognition of this need, we are piloting a programme for all staff and students affiliated with the IDMHelen Cox, Lindi MassonNyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa (NRF Career Fellow in the Division of Immunology), Rubina Bunjun (Postdoctoral Fellow in Division of Medical Virology), Rushil Harryparsad (Scientific Officer in Division of Virology), and Monalisa Manhanzva (Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Pathology) agreed to develop a programme, with support from Research Enterprise Manager, Christle de Beer whom may be contacted for additional information.


What is mentoring?

In this context, we define mentoring as one to one support given by a more experienced colleague to a junior colleague over a period of at least a year. Mentoring can provide support to mentees around a number of issues.

Apply to be a Mentor

Apply to be a Mentee

We also have several resource guides available to assist Mentors and Mentees. These include:

  • Induction Guide to the IDM
  • Staff and Student Development Opportunities at UCT
  • Staff and Student Wellness Services at UCT
  • Structures, Policies, and Procedures for Raising Grievances and Resolving Disputes 

All these resource guides, and more, can be found here