Who can participate as a Mentor or a Mentee on the scheme?

Mentors should be regular or associate members of the society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom and will be up to date with their membership fees to be able to participate in the programme. Friends of SRUK/CERU will be allowed to participate as mentors only if they have previously been regular members of SRUK/CERU and have had experience working in the United Kingdom.

Mentees should be regular or associate members of the society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom and will be up to date with their membership fees to be able to participate in the programme. Friends of SRUK/CERU will not be allowed to participate as mentees. In exceptional circumstances, Friends of SRUK that have accepted a job position in the UK in a near future will also be allowed in the Programme. These exceptional circumstances will need to be approved by the SRUK/CERU Mentoring committee. Priority will be always given to regular/associate members.

The SRUK Mentoring Programme aims at both academic and non-academic researchers.

What is the appropriate career ‘gap’ between the mentor and mentee?

Mentors should be in a position to advise and share experiences with mentees. Therefore, the following career “gap” will be implemented during the matching process:

  • Lecturers/Group leaders can mentor postdoctoral researchers or PhD students.
  • Senior postdocs (more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience) can mentor junior postdocs (1-4 years postdoctoral experience), PhD/master/undergraduate students.
  • Junior postdocs can mentor PhD/master/undergraduate students.
  • PhD students (ideally in the two final years of their PhD) can mentor master/undergraduate students.

In some cases, such as in non-academic jobs, the level of seniority of the Mentor or Mentee may be different as stated above. In this case, participants will specify in the application forms their experience, career path and career ambitions.

Does the mentee have to pay to access the programme?

This Programme is free. SRUK/CERU does not make a profit out of this Programme, which is run thanks to the fees of members, as well as additional funding that may be requested to sponsors. However, Mentees and Mentors should have paid their SRUK/CERU membership fees.

Do Mentors receive any remuneration?

Mentors do not receive any remuneration. Mentors are volunteers that do not make any economic profit from this Programme.

What level of confidentiality will be expected?

Information exchanged between Mentor and Mentee, written or verbal, will be strictly confidential. Failure to meet these conditions would cause the immediate cessation of the contract and would prevent any further participation in the SRUK Mentoring Programme. In certain circumstances, Mentors and Mentees that fail to meet this confidentiality could have their SRUK membership terminated.