Pilot mentoring scheme will help develop researchers’ administrative data skills

This pilot mentoring programme will support researchers using linked administrative data who may have: 

  • little or no experience using linked administrative data, and/or 

  • limited quantitative analysis skills.  

How to apply for a mentor 

If you are applying to the open ADR UK Research Fellowship opportunity and would like help to find a mentor to cost into your proposal, please email Research and Impact Manager, Bogusia Wojciechowska: Bogusia.Wojciechowska@esrc.ukri.org by 12 December 2022. If you are unable to meet this deadline but are still interested in an ADR UK mentor, please email by the fellowship application deadline of 24 January 2023.  

Mentors will be drawn from the pool of current and former ADR UK Research Fellows. Applicants will receive profiles of available mentors and select their top three choices. ADR UK will then match the mentees with mentors, depending on the availability of mentors. We cannot guarantee that a match will be made.  

Mentoring can help build a stronger community for administrative data research 

Lack of expertise is a key barrier to the use of administrative data for research. By piloting this mentoring scheme, ADR UK hopes to support increasing numbers of researchers to use this type of data. The programme will develop the skills of new ADR UK Research Fellows and help to build their confidence in a range of research tasks.  

Mentoring has been a long-established practice in the business community. More recently, the benefit of formal mentoring within academia in support of junior academics has been increasingly recognised. 

The benefits of participating in a mentoring programme are not limited to the mentees. Mentors will contribute to the development of a broad community of researchers using ADR England flagship datasets, extending their professional networks and becoming more confident leaders in their field.  

ADR UK will seek to follow established best practices in running formal mentoring programmes. For example, relationships will be mentee-led with each mentee having unique goals. Key to a successful mentoring relationship is strong-buy-in from those involved and a sense of ownership of the process from the mentee. It will be up to the mentee to determine what is needed from the relationship and to ensure their mentor is aware of these needs. With this in mind, ADR UK has created guidance documents for both mentors and mentees, as well as space for both parties to identify what they require from the relationship.  

If you are applying to the open ADR UK Research Fellowship opportunity and would like help to find a mentor to cost into your proposal, please email Research and Impact Manager, Bogusia Wojciechowska: Bogusia.Wojciechowska@esrc.ukri.org by 12 December 2022. 

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