Staff Bulletin

June 11 2018 issue

New research mentoring scheme - apply now

Applications are now being invited from academics for the University’s new research mentor scheme that aims to increase publication output and prepare us for REF 2021.

The scheme, which will initially run for a year from the beginning of the 2018/19 Academic Year, offers new and lesser-published researchers the opportunity to learn and develop from more experienced, widely published researchers within the University.

Why should you work with a mentor/research group?

Being a ‘mentee’ you may receive additional support as follows:

  • financial support to carry out your research project - eg. specialist equipment, conference fees, additional technology etc.
  • additional time to develop - having your workload adjusted may allow you to re-focus and deliver your research
  • expert guidance and support - your mentor/research group will be in place to assist you throughout the process

Why should you become a mentor?

  • Being a ‘mentor’ provides you with the opportunity  to develop leadership skills in your current role and to be more involved in Faculty wide research
  • You don’t have to be a mentor in your own School or Faculty which allows you to experience cross-Faculty research

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Scholarship, Research and Knowledge Transfer), Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, who is leading on the new initiative commented:

"The success of the scheme will be measured by the number of publications completed and that can be submitted to the REF - the scheme offers a fantastic development opportunity and we would expect applicants to have an ambition and plan to be producing publications of a high quality (REF Metrics 3 or 4* outputs). This new approach allows us to invest in our own academic community to enhance our research output. Research is a significant pillar in our University strategy and we want to make this real. Research is for the many not for the few."

How do you apply to the Research Mentoring Scheme?

You may already know who to select as your mentor/research group. If you are unsure, or don’t know who to approach to be your mentor, talk to your Faculty Associate Dean for Research, as follows:

Arts, Professional and Social Studies: John Hyatt (
Liverpool Business School: Shona Bettany (
Education, Health and Community: Ian Jones (
Science: Keith George (
Technology and Environment: Jin Wang (

Once you and your mentor have agreed on being a part of the scheme, you need to read the full REF-Upskilling: Call for Projects details and complete the form.

You can download the document/form here

Completed forms need to be emailed to Emily Walker by Monday 9 July 2018

How will your application be processed?
All applications will be considered by the LJMU Research Committee.

Academic judgement will be applied in all decision making and the committee will consider synergies between the ‘mentee’ and ‘mentor’, justification of support request and value for money.

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