All Wolfson PhD students have the opportunity of being assigned a mentor, who will be one of Wolfson's Fellows or Senior Members working in a related subject. The mentoring scheme is entirely voluntary and is run completely independently of both departmental research supervision and the tutorial system at Wolfson.
Over 125 students and mentors are currently signed up to the programme. The mentoring scheme has proven to be an effective way of giving PhD students additional one-on-one support and advice on topics such as funding opportunities, informal feedback on research proposals, ways of managing dissertations or experiments, academic publishing, career progression, and building a network of contacts.
Mentors and their students get in touch whenever they find it useful to do so, and the scheme also organises social events for all participants in the mentoring scheme to provide additional opportunities for interaction with other mentors and students.
The mentoring arrangement is also a valuable way of fostering closer links between graduate students and more senior members of Wolfson, thereby building on Wolfson's strengths as a welcoming and cosmopolitan academic community. Some of our mentors are Junior Fellows or Postdoctoral Research Associates who can closely relate to the trials, tribulations and triumphs of undertaking a PhD. Others are senior academics or established professionals with a wealth of experience. Your mentor will be able to give you a new perspective on your work and help you to get the best out of your time at Cambridge.
If you are interested in having a mentor assigned to you, then please contact Dr Chris Town, Graduate Mentoring Scheme Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.