Research Mentoring Scheme

The Law School Research Committee has established a research mentoring scheme. This scheme has been created to complement the highly valuable informal mentoring that already occurs within the Law School. The scheme may be useful to any member of staff but it is particularly envisaged that it will useful to early career researchers.


  1. The mentor and mentoree to meet and
    • Negotiate research outcomes that are to be achieved over a twelve month period.
    • The mentor and mentoree to establish steps to achieve negotiated outcomes
    • The results of guideline 1 should be written up by the mentoree and a copy to be kept by both parties ? see sample agreement attached.
  2. The mentor should be available at least once every two months (and on a more regular basis if agreeable to both parties).
  3. At the end of a six month period and again at twelve months (from the date of the initial meeting) a brief report should be completed and submitted to the Law School Research Committee. The report is to be completed jointly by both parties. It should state briefly
    • What were the negotiated aims?
    • Have the negotiated out comes been met
    • Has the mentoring been beneficial?
    • Do you wish to continue?
    • Do you have any suggestions for improving the programme?


The Scheme is an attempt to achieve the following

  1. establish a formal structure to encourage and support research.
  2. create an structure that is accountable, in the sense that the parties negotiate outcomes and report on the outcomes.
  3. the reporting process in guideline 3 will help the School assess the value of the mentoring system. The Law School Research Committee does not intend using it to assess an individual's research output. In negotiating outcomes it is worth noting that the formal mentoring scheme established by the University - Making a Difference: Flinders University Mentoring Scheme for Early Career Women Researchers found that mentorees often overstated what they felt they could achieve. When they then failed to fulfill the negotiated outcomes, some mentoree felt uncomfortable meeting their mentors. With this in mind, mentors and mentorees should establish short realistic goals. For example, the mentee will write an article for a refereed journal that accepts short articles e.g. the Alternative Law Journal, or the equivalent refereed journal in your area - or a short definable collaborative project.
  4. The Associate Dean (Research) will act as a formal contact person for the programme. Please contact and a Professional Staff member will pass this onto the Associate Dean (Research) if there are any questions, problems or issues. The Associate Dean (Research) will make informal contact with the mentorees from time to time during the programme.