Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme (WRMS)


The Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme (WRMS) aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women researchers working at UWE Bristol, helping them reach senior research roles.

Applications for the 2020/21 scheme have now closed.

Aims of the scheme

This scheme provides support to female staff to develop and strengthen their research portfolio. Making them more able to compete for senior research roles alongside their male counterparts.

We address the imbalance of male and female staff in senior roles. In the longer term, this scheme helps to achieve the strategic aim of increasing the number of women in senior research roles across UWE Bristol.

What the scheme offers

This scheme offers a specified number of mentoring opportunities, which aim to provide mentees with encouragement, support and advice from experienced colleagues. In order to help the mentee realise their potential and fulfil their research career aspirations.

This will entail a nominated woman researcher being matched to a mentor (who may be any gender).

Eligibility criteria

The scheme is available for all women in academic and research roles, employed by UWE Bristol who wish to develop their research careers. Professors, Associate Professors and other experienced researchers are invited to take on mentoring roles.

PhD students, staff currently registered on a PhD/DPhil or Professional Doctorate, staff seconded from other institutions, staff in receipt of the current Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award and new members of staff who are being mentored as part of their probation period are not eligible to apply as mentees.

How to apply

The next cycle of applications will open in November 2020 for both mentors and mentees. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive details of forthcoming open events and details of the next round 2021/22, please email the Scheme Co-ordinator, Fiona Watt, at Fiona.Watt@uwe.ac.uk.

Further information

For further information, read our scheme FAQs (PDF). If you have a query, contact Fiona Watt on tel: +44 (0)117 32 81374 or email Fiona.watt@uwe.ac.uk.

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