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RES Mentoring Programme

The RES Mentoring Programme is run by the Women’s Committee and provides women, who are early career academics, the opportunity to be part of a mentoring programme. From the academic year 2023/24 we will extend the programme to Early Career Academics on the education track.

The Royal Economic Society Women’s Committee is running its mentoring programme for early career women working/studying in academia. For the first time, in the academic year 2023/24, we are extending the programme to Early Career Academics on the education track.

Eligibility: Mentees must be members of the RES, identify as a woman, have recently obtained their PhD or be close to their PhD completion. They must be working/studying in the UK or in countries with similar academic environments and career patterns.

If selected, mentees will be asked to submit their CV and a disciplinary research paper, or a pedagogic paper, or a statement with reflections on teaching and learning, by the end of December 2023 (more details of exactly what is required will be provided on acceptance) any non-member applicants will also be asked to join the RES at this point.

Mentees and mentors will be matched based on mutual research and teaching interests wherever possible. However, please consider that the mentoring will consist of mentoring of general feedback on a research paper/pedagogical plan and career advice and therefore, a perfect match with respect to research interests is not necessary. RES Mentors List 2024

For more information, please contact wcommittee@res.org.uk

 Timeline:

  • CLOSED: Call for mentees 
  • 1 December 2023: Mentors and mentees matches are announced (Non-members invited to join the RES)
  • 14 December 2023 10.00 GMT

    Interactive on-line workshop “Crafting the Core: The Science behind the Contribution of Economics Papers” by Professor Almudena Sevilla (LSE), with collaborators Pilar Cuevas (UCL) and Sveva Manfredi (LSE). This session aims to provide a systematic method for identifying and articulating the central contribution of economics research papers. 

    The workshop offers a step-by-step guide with practical materials (worksheets), focusing on empirical papers while also directly applicable to non-empirical studies. It is designed to complement traditional academic advice by providing students with a structured approach in a practical and interactive format that facilitates the easy adoption of these tools.

  • End of December: CV’s and papers to be shared with the mentor
  • January-March 2024: Mentoring sessions take place virtually
  • 25-27 March 2024: In-person event (non-mandatory) at the RES Annual Conference which features networking opportunities for mentees and mentors and a Special Session on Wednesday 27 March with a networking lunch. (Session topic – Gender, Bias and Productivity) 

Format of Mentoring Programme

The RES Mentoring Programme consists of two main parts:

  1. An online mentoring session with a mentor and 1 to 4 mentees, which is organised by the mentor (a senior academic who is a woman) on a mutually convenient date, preferably between February and March and not later than the RES Conference (25-27 March). 
    The format of the meeting is flexible, and it can be decided by the mentor in agreement with the mentees. Mentors usually allocate half an hour for each of the mentees. During this time, the mentor provides general feedback on a mentee’s paper/pedagogical plans (whichever relevant) and general advice on career.
    Regarding feedback on research papers, please note that it is not the goal of this session to provide detailed feedback on each section of the paper. Instead, the focus  should be on the relevance of the research question, the clarity of the value added and the novelty of the question.

    A format that has been used by mentors in previous years is to divide each of the individual sessions in three parts:

    (i) a short presentation by the mentee to introduce themselves to the rest of the group,
    (ii) a discussion of strengths and weaknesses of the paper with comments provided by the other mentees,
    (iii) the provision of advice on the paper and career by the mentor. 

  1. In-person event: this takes place during the RES Annual Conference and offers an opportunity for informal networking for all mentees and mentors. It also  includes a session delivered by the RES Women’s Committee on important issues related to the profession (publications, research funding applications and other relevant career advice, etc).

Matching Process

Mentees and mentors will be matched based on mutual academic interests and paths, wherever possible.  However, please consider that the mentoring will consist of general feedback on a research paper/pedagogical plan and career advice and therefore, a perfect match with respect to research interests is not necessary.

A note on eligibility: Mentees must be members of the RES, be a woman, have recently obtained their PhD or be close to their PhD completion. They must be working/studying in the UK or in countries with similar academic environments and career patterns.  (You can join the RES if selected as a mentee)

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Women’s Committee at wcommittee@res.org.uk

RES Mentoring Programme 2023

The 2023 Mentoring in-person session took place during the 2023 RES Annual Conference.  The Women’s Committee coordinated a special session on “Advice on Publishing in Economics” and many mentees and mentors attended.

The session focused on the process of publication and provided some tips for early career researchers.  It also covered the issue of women’s under-representation in Economics.

Chair: Cheti Nicoletti, University of York

Speakers: Erin Hengel, LSE, Nagore Iriberri, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and Valerie Ramey, University of California, San Diego

Thank you to all the mentees and mentors who took part in the 2023 Programme. A list of mentors is available here

RES Mentoring Programme 2022

The 2022 Mentoring Retreat took place on Tuesday 26 April 2022.  This virtual event offered an opportunity for informal networking for all mentees and mentors. The RES Mentoring Retreat also included plenary sessions on topics such as career progression, research funding applications and other relevant career advice.

Presentations given at the April event are available to rewatch, they include:

  • Academic career – progression/ promotion – Jo Swaffield, Dean for Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton
  • Publishing papers – Editors Rachel Griffith, IFS and University of Manchester and Michele Belot, Cornell University
  • Advice to my former self – Marina Della Giusta, University of Reading; Sai Ding, University of Glasgow; Almudena Sevilla, UCL and Sandra McNally, University of Surrey
  • Research grants – Valentina Tonei, University of Southampton; Stephanie von Hinke, University of Bristol and Gabriella Conti, UCL

Contact Us

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mentoring Sub-committee (Prof. Jo Blanden and Dr Valentina Tonei) of the RES women’s committee at wcommittee@res.org.uk or for general RES event enquiries, please contact Georgina Jenkins on events@res.org.uk