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 IDM. Helen Cox, Nyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa (NRF Career Fellow in the Division of Immunology) and Rubina Bunjun 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.