A TAILOR-MADE MENTORING APROACH
Origins of T'M
Team Mentorship resulted from the common desire of the six francophone Belgian universities (UCLouvain, ULB, ULiège, UMONS, UNamur and USL-B) to extend the encouraging results of the mentoring pilot experiment carried out at the University of Mons in 2020 and 2021 (Ment'OUT programme) to all PhD Candidates in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation who are in the middle and end stages of their theses.
T'M echoes the various European (REBECA) and Belgian (Flemish experiences, BEWISE) mentoring programmes. They all share the same perspective, which is to make the most of the high-level skills of junior researchers, in the academic and scientific sector, as well as in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
The implementation of the project at the level of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the T'M programme offers 60 junior researchers (First Stage Researcher R1), who are in the process of completing their theses or at the end of their doctoral research, the opportunity to define their professional career objectives and to get their foot in the door of a rich and fulfilling career, whether in the academic and scientific world or outside it.
The T'M programme is both common to the entire of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and also provides personalised mentoring according to the needs of each researcher.
T'M's mentoring consists of putting mentees, i.e. researchers in the process of completing their theses or at the end of their doctoral research, in contact with mentors. Mentors are experienced professionals from both the academic and scientific world, as well as other private, public and voluntary sectors. Focused on professional and personal development, this interpersonal relationship allows junior reserchers (the mentees) to benefit from the expertise, experience and advice of senior researchers (the mentors) as a way to set their careers in motion.
The Team Mentorship Programme is developed in close collaboration with the Observatoire de la Recherche et des Carrières Scientifiques.