UK Mentoring Scheme

The UK academic mentoring scheme is run by Science for Ukraine UK volunteers as a rapid response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We aim to provide support to colleagues from Ukrainian universities directly affected by the invasion.

What is mentoring? Mentoring is a time-limited, goal-oriented relationship that supports skill and career development through confidential one-on-one conversations. It involves an experienced person (mentor) providing guidance and support to another person (mentee). The mentor will always have expertise or experience in a specific area that the mentee is interested in. The mentees are colleagues who typically at the start of the invasion held at least an MSc/MA qualification and had 3 months of experience in an academic or industry research post.  Registration, matching and mentoring will commence via the PushFar Platform which provides a wide range of opportunities to communicate online and offline, arranging meetings and other similar support. We anticipate that mentoring sessions will be carried out at least every second week for at least 2 months.

Aims of the scheme: Science for Ukraine UK mentoring endeavours to support Ukrainian colleagues to navigate through UK academia. We do not cover immigration advice, financial advice and pastoral support – the scheme is only intended for professional purposes. Setting boundaries during the first meeting is important for the two parties to be comfortable with the arrangements. Further, every participant has to have read, understood and agreed to our Code of Conduct.

The specific objectives of the scheme are helping Ukrainian colleagues with:

  • career planning
  • networking and profile building
  • working in the UK (academic culture)
  • CVs and applications
  • publication process
  • academic writing
  • securing research funding (UK- funders only)
  • promotion and progression

If you want to get involved as a volunteer contact us under

Click the following links if you want to register as a mentee  or mentor