School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Mentoring Scheme for Research Students

To address the increased professionalization of PhD students and under-representation of female academic staff the School offers a mentoring scheme for PhD and MScR students.

Mentoring Scheme

Since 2018, History, Classics and Archaeology has run a successful mentoring scheme for PhD and MScR students within the School.  The aim of the scheme is for you to receive additional, informal, non-academic, support from outside of your supervisory team.  The scheme has an aim to address two main issues facing research students:  

There has been a general tendency towards the professionalization of PhD students over the past few years, with an increased emphasis on conference organization, publishing, teaching and social media. At the same time, the job market for early career academics has become increasingly demanding. 

The under-representation of female academic staff and PGR students, means that some students lack informal contact with female members of academic staff.  In order to rectify this, we can provide a female mentor for students with an all-male supervisory team.  

We expect the Mentoring Programme will provide around 6 hours support over the academic year, which will be up to you and your mentor to decide how this will be used.  The meetings can take place either face-to-face or over Zoom, depending on the location of your mentor.      

The mentoring scheme is an excellent way to be able to address challenges our PhD students face on an individual level - as every life story is different. Having recently been through several years (and Universities) as a post-doc, I believe that I am well placed to support PhD students in terms of their career planning, work-life balance and other questions that may arise.

 - a mentor

If you are interested in utilising the programme, please contact  Dr Felicity Green, Deputy Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Felicity.Green@ed.ac.uk

Online Training

The university has online training modules about equality, diversity and inclusion, which can be completed by any member of staff. They should each take well under an hour to complete. All staff are encouraged to complete them

There is also an online training module on unconscious bias available for students.

The University provides further information including its Dignity and Respect policy.

Useful External Websites

Worksmart is a handy trade union website on workers' rights.

ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has information and resources about rights at work.

Education Support Partnership is a UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the entire education workforce  with a 24-hour telephone line (08000 562 561) offering information, support and counselling. It also offers online chat or email advice.