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ERA Mentoring Project

Supporting the next generation of gerontologists is vital to the BSG and UK gerontology. ERA plays an essential role in building the capacity of members through supporting post graduate, PhD and post-doctoral researchers and practitioners to network and profile their work within the BSG. The ERA mentoring programme is an important part of building capacity and promoting/supporting our organisation.

The mentoring experience brings postgrad and postdoc members together with more senior academics and researchers, to provide a focus on a range of questions and challenges. Examples of topic areas that could be covered in a mentoring session include methodological challenges, developing problem-solving strategies for navigating professional challenges, and writing for publication. These dialogues can enhance professional and career development.

To register your interest to become a mentor, please complete this questionnaire:

If you wish to be mentored, please complete this questionnaire:

How it works:

Code of Conduct

Participants in the BSG-ERA Mentor Scheme will agree to the following relationship terms:

  • Treat all those in the Mentor Scheme community with respect.
  • Commit sufficient time and effort towards each mentoring relationship established.
  • Do not promote any goods or services in which you have a personal interest.
  • Represent yourself honestly.
  • Maintain a high standard of personal and professional conduct.
  • Support the goals established within the relationship.
  • Maintain confidentiality within the mentoring relationships.
  • Refer any questions of issues for which you feel unqualified to ERA at


Defining a clear scope for a mentoring relationship is critical to its success. The purpose of BSG-ERA’s Mentor Scheme is to connect BSG members with shared interests and to provide a communication platform to aid members in developing a meaningful mentoring relationship. The scope and goals of your mentoring relationship should be done within the recommendations outlined below. Both mentors and mentees must respect the minimal recommendations for communication and inform ERA at if issues or questions arise.

  • Mentoring relationships are currently one year in length.
  • The relationship period begins once the match has been made and accepted by both parties.
  • The mentor must communicate with the mentee a minimum of three times during the one year period.
  • Communication method should be mutually decided upon in the first communication and may include e-mail, phone, or online chat, etc.
  • Mentee replies to the messages from the mentor should take place within five business days.
  • The mentor and mentee must complete the exit survey within one month of the relationship period ending.


For more information, please email Carol Maddock at