Eligible mentors will be academics or professionals working within STEM who identify as BIPOC or BAME. This could include, but is not limited to:
- postdoctoral research associates
- research fellows
- permanent academic staff
- industry scientists
- civil servants
- employees of NGOs and startups
- CEOs and entrepreneurs
Mentors do not necessarily need to be affiliated to the University of Oxford to be eligible to apply. For mentors in non-academic institutions, a postgraduate degree is not a requirement to be eligible to apply, but a strong background in STEM fields, either at higher education or professionally, is desired.
Mentors will receive mentorship training through an in-depth workshop, and will be provided with ongoing resources of support over the course of their mentorship duration. Mentors will be expected to provide support and guidance to their mentees over the 1-year period through meetings held at least every 1-2 months. Meetings might include career and applications advice, sharing experiences of navigating a professional/academic environment as a Person Of Colour, signposting mentees to available resources, and providing information about the Oxford system if applicable. Mentors are not expected to help with student mental health, but will be well-equipped to signpost other resources.
Mentors will be invited to attend a number of talks, receptions and dinners held in Oxford over the course of the programme. While mentors will be formally recognised for their work by the MPLS Division, this is a voluntary role and is not paid. However, mentors will be offered training and networking opportunities within the University.