Mentoring is an integral part of training in both academia and administration. While mentors are mandatory for Assistant Professors during their probation, mentoring is voluntary for everyone else. Prof. Kate Seers has initiated a process for awareness of mentoring at WMS by inviting the Learning and Development Centre to offer training specifically at the Gibbet Hill campus, where WMS is based.
In addition to the University-wide shadowing opportunities available to all staff, WMS has its own shadowing scheme aimed specifically at Early Career Researchers. Eligible academic staff are invited to apply for the opportunity to shadow a senior member of staff for three half days.
This aims to provide:
- a greater understanding of management structures at WMS
- insights into leadership roles and decision making processes
- increased confidence about operating at a more senior level
- networking opportunities with senior staff
There are a range of networks available to researchers within Warwick Medical School which have the aim of sharing best practice and help encourage their members to expand their knowledge and experience. Groups include:
- Women's Academic Network
- Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Groups
- Central England Rehabilitation Network
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interests Groups
- Researcher Integrity Group
- Medical Sociology Interest Group
- Network for Early Career Researchers
All of our staff, both administrative and academic, are encouraged to participate in training offered by Warwick's Learning and Development Centre, including face-to-face and online training on the following topics:
- Recruitment and selection
- Equality and diversity (Diversity in the Workplace; Disability Awareness; Mental Health Awareness)
- Unconscious bias
Our Research and Impact Services team offers a support service to all researchers for grant proposal submissions, including providing advice on research strategy, external research funding, FEC costing, bid development and funding rules and regulations. In addition, the team provides regular workshops and training - including grant writing sessions, internal funding workshops and an annual NIHR Fellowship training event.