Professional Development * Supporting Your Career * Mentoring

The mentoring scheme is a unique opportunity for members to be matched with an experienced mentor, to gain first-hand experience in becoming a rheumatology researcher.


Our mentors are experienced academics from all rheumatology professions, who will nurture you on attaining your researching goal, while providing support and guidance along the way. You will have the opportunity to lead on work as well as share new experiences and build on your own skill set. The scheme covers the whole of the UK


We would like to support a wide range of potential researchers, so whether you are an experienced consultant looking to move into an academic career, an early career researcher, or even have no research experience yet but an interest or idea you’d like support to develop, then we encourage you to apply.

Mentees benefit

Mentees will be offered:

  • a chance to attend mentoring skill workshops
  • the opportunity to discuss how to get the most from your mentoring scheme
  • and the challenges of being an effective mentee


We will:

  • provide background information to the mentees on what to expect and how to make the most of their mentoring scheme
  • match mentee applicants to mentors and provide introductory details. Matching will take into account goals, experience, discipline, profession and methodology, so please provide as much information as possible when applying.
  • mentor / mentee pairs will agree a ‘contract’ and goals at the first meeting, and have at least 4 meetings within the year.


To ensure success:

  • We will continually monitor and evaluate the mentee-mentor relationship and provide additional support if/when required


You can apply by emailing Deborah McDonald in the research department.

Become a mentor

Get involved

Are you an experienced and successful academic? Could you support junior medical and/or allied health professionals to reach their personal research aspirations?

Mentoring offers the opportunity to guide and encourage the activities of early career rheumatology researchers.


The benefits of becoming a mentor:

  • Great opportunity to develop skills in developing others
  • Rewarding, personal fulfilment, particular satisfaction from seeing early career researchers progress
  • Help provide a practical investment in the future of rheumatology research
  • Opportunity to engage with new research approaches


You can apply by emailing Deborah McDonald in the research department.