The RMA Mentoring Scheme aims:
- To support musicologists (especially early-career), music practitioners and independent researchers with a background in music interested in developing their profile towards an academic career (see eligibility criteria below)
- To support career development for researchers from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of research interests in Music
Ethnomusicologists can find specialist mentoring through the BFE (https://bfe.org.uk/).
How the Scheme Works
1 year in the first instance, with flexible start throughout the academic year. It is welcomed if mentor-mentee pairings develop beyond this time frame.
Standard number of meetings:
3 one-hour meetings (mentor can offer more time at their discretion). Mentee to request meeting within a reasonable time frame and supply detailed agenda with goals and questions ahead of each meeting.
Meetings to be held virtually.
Eligibility criteria: mentees
• Early Career Researcher = will normally have received their final academic degree no more than five years before the beginning of their mentoring (the RMA recognizes career interruptions)
• No permanent (current or prior) position in Music including research as part of the contract at a UK Higher Education institution
• Mentee not to work at the same institution as mentor (e.g. as hourly paid lecturer)
• Mentees should be, or become, RMA members at the discounted rate
Eligibility criteria: mentors
• Will normally have more than 5 years’ experience in UK academia, (the RMA recognizes career interruptions)
• Current or emerita/emeritus holder of a permanent position in Music, of 0.5 FTE or more, at a UK HE Music institution
• High-quality published research in a music-related field, and/or practice-based research activity in musical performance or composition
• Not to work in same institution as mentee
• Ideally experience of interviewing panels and funding applications
• Can have research interests in the same area as mentee
Avoiding conflict of interest
• Mentor should be transparent about mentoring relationship with the mentee in any future peer reviewing, interview panel work etc.
• Mentoring constitutes a confidential and safe space.
Excluded types of activity:
• Detailed proofreading (as opposed to commenting on CVs, grant applications, or publication plans)
• Sponsorship (the direct promotion of the mentee through sharing of networks or opportunities, personal investment in the mentee’s career, or financial support)
• Any responsibility on the part of the mentor for any part of the mentee’s career decisions
• (References can be offered by the mentor, but should not be an expectation within the standard agreement)
The scheme is maintained by Annika Forkert, Royal Northern College of Music.
- Mentor-mentee agreement (PDF)