Mentoring Network

The Equator mentoring network aims to improve experiences and increase retention of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students in environmental research.

Why take part?

Want to gain confidence, receive support, and learn more about navigating the world of research careers in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences? Apply to be mentored in our network.

Want to share your experiences with the next generation and make a difference, whilst gaining interpersonal and leadership skills? Apply to be an Equator mentor.

Am I eligible to take part?

To be eligible to be mentored, you must :

  • Self-identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.
  • Be a UK citizen/UK dual national.
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Be currently studying towards / about to enrol in / a holder of a degree / HE equivalent in Geography, Earth or Environmental Science (or a related discipline).

To be eligible to be a mentor, you must:

  • Have a background in Geography, Earth and Environmental Science-related research, with a current role in academia, industry or the public sector.
  • Be able to share relevant lived experience to make a difference to someone’s life.
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Be able to dedicate 6 hours over four months to mentoring.

How will it work?

Those who take part will be paired with a mentor/mentee and asked to participate in six remote online mentoring discussions (1 hr each) over four months (Feb – May 2022). You will be asked to complete brief feedback questionnaires at the start of, during, and after the mentoring process.

You will be offered remuneration for your time (you must have right to work in UK to be remunerated), and provided with code of conduct guidelines and support from the project team. All questionnaires will be completed anonymously. Full participant information is available below. 

How do I apply?

Please read the participant information sheet and the consent form.

To apply, email the consent form to us at by the 31st January 2022. Please feel free to email with any questions you may have. We will carry out mentor pairing in the first week of February 2022.

In your email, please include:

  1. Completed consent form
  2. Full name
  3. Email address for correspondence
  4. University attended/attending (if relevant)
  5. Occupation (if you are a student, please write “student”)
  6. Highest degree level attained (e.g., BSc, MSc, PhD)
  7. Degree subject
  8. Mentors, please indicate if you may be willing to mentor more than one person

Mentoring Project Team

Prof. Chris Jackson is mentoring lead on the Equator project and point of contact for mentors.
Anya Lawrence is researcher on the Equator mentoring network and point of contact for those being mentored.
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