BSR ‘Rheumatology Researcher’ Mentoring Scheme

Thanks to the success of the pilot and the positive feedback received from the participants, BSR is pleased to announce that the mentoring scheme is now accepting applications for 2017. Just some of the advantages of BSR’s mentoring scheme:

  • provides a practical investment in the future of rheumatology research
  • engages early career researchers with BSR
  • will support AHPs and doctors equally

What it offers

Our mentoring scheme provides support to all BSR members of any profession in their early career research endeavours at any level. Applicants are paired with a relevant and more experienced researcher who will support them in setting and attaining their next research goals. This provides a unique relationship outside of the mentee’s workplace with an individual who has experience and understanding of the specific challenges the mentee faces. Our mentors are trained in modern mentoring approach and techniques. The mentee will lead the work and be given support and advice as they work towards achieving their research goals. The scheme covers the whole of the UK and pair people outside of their working institutes, for this reason it is likely that most pairings will have to communicate via phone, video calls and/or email.

Why apply

Our mentoring scheme offers a framework to assist the activities of early researchers as well as being a fulfilling relationship for the mentor. Our mentors are experienced academics from all rheumatology MDT professions and will provide consistent support, guidance and practical help to our mentees as they work towards their goals. They will share their personal skills, knowledge and experience with the mentee to enable them to explore their professional opportunities.
What some of the participants have said so far:

"Great opportunity to meet and support an academic trainee from another area working in rheumatology.”
“I found the initial face-to-face meeting with my mentor very inspiring. I feel that I have already benefited from the scheme and envisage that my relationship with my mentor will be an important part of my transition from doctoral student to post-doctoral researcher.”

"Great opportunity to meet and support an academic trainee from another area working in rheumatology.”
“Very experienced in clinical research and this is the level of experience in the mentor that I was hoping for”

“A very positive experience so far. Thank you”



Who can take part?

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.


How the scheme is managed

  • Mentees will be offered a chance to attend our mentoring skills workshop. An opportunity to discuss how to get the most from the mentee-mentor relationship and the challenges of being an effective mentee.
  • BSR will provide background information to the mentees on what to expect and how to make the most of the relationship.
  • BSR will 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.
  • Pairs will agree a ‘contract’ and goals at the first meeting, and have at least 4 meetings in the year.
  • BSR will continually monitor and evaluate the mentee-mentor relationship and provide additional support if/when required.  

How to apply

Apply for our mentoring scheme fill out an  application form and email it to
A mentoring workshop will be arranged which you will be invited to attend (scheduled for the end of March 2017 (date tbc)).



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.
Benefits of mentoring for the mentor:

  • Mutuality of learning
  • 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

To apply to be a mentor, complete this  form and submit along with a 2-page professional CV to