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Mentors & mentoring

The British Pharmacological Society’s mentoring scheme is organized by the Society’s Women in Pharmacology Advisory Group with support from WISE. The scheme has successfully paired over 100 mentees and mentors since it began in 2005.

The aim

To provide mentors to members so that they can confidentially discuss a wide range of issues that might influence their own career progression.

Who should apply?

The scheme pairs early career female researchers with established female researchers. Mentors offer practical advice on issues from obtaining research funding to managing a healthy and productive work/life balance. 

We match:

  • Female mentees: final year PhD/early Post-doctoral/Clinical trainee or equivalent stage, to
  • Female mentors: ideally at Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor/Consultant or equivalent stage.

Mentors are women who hold senior positions in academia, in industry or in medicine. These are pharmacologists and clinical pharmacologists who have successfully progressed their careers while experiencing, to varying degrees the issues that more typically affect women, such as juggling career and family commitment. The mentors share their experiences of how they dealt with the challenges that these issues pose, particularly the need for career breaks abd short-term contracts. But it's not a one-sided relationship - mentors also benefit from the opportunity to help early career scientists and network with other pharmacologists.

Mentees are typically at an early post-doctoral stage of their career, seeking encouragement and advice on how to move their own careers forward. If you answer yes to any of the questions below then you may be suitable to participate as a mentee in the scheme:

  • Are you in the early stages of your career in pharmacology or clinical pharmacology?
  • Would you like to have a mentor to talk to in confidence about your career and working life?
  • Would you find it useful to talk to someone with first-hand experience of the issues affecting women in our discipline? 
  • We try to pair mentors and mentees who are geographically close to each other, to facilitate face to face meetings when necessary. Typical mentoring relationships last around one year, although it can be longer if both the mentor and mentee wish to stay in touch.

How does it work?

Members will be offered mentoring training, which we strongly encourage all new mentors and mentees to participate in. Once we have matched you to a mentor/mentee, and you have completed the training, we leave you to build your relationship.Reasonable travel expenses for you to attend the training and to attend the first meeting with your mentor/mentee will be covered.


If you are interested in taking part as either a mentee or mentor, please complete the application form  and return it along with your CV to