Dedicated Outstanding Mentors Recognised

Congratulations to Dr Iwan Evans and Professor Colin Bingle from the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease who have been recognised for their mentoring skills, expertise and good citizenship. Annamaria, Iwan and Colin are mentors for the Think Ahead programme for Early Career Researchers.

Colin BingleProfessor Colin Bingle said “I believe that engagement with the mentoring process should be a key objective for staff at all levels. Mentoring through the Think Ahead program is a reflective process that allows me to provide what I hope will be valuable and helpful career development advice to willing recipients and satisfies my desire to give something back to facilitate the continued development of the University body.”

Colin’s Mentee said: “This mentoring process has been very valuable to me and has given me a lot more confidence in my abilities and my academic potential. Through this process I have begun to recognise the contribution that I am making to my department and how I may make further contributions to 'set myself apart'.

Iwna EvansDr Iwan Evans said: “I’ve been really lucky to be supported by a cohort of fantastic junior fellows and I’ve really benefited from mentoring and advice from more senior colleagues here in Sheffield; being a mentor is one way to try to give something back to other Early Career Researchers.”

Iwan’s Mentee said “"Iwan was really open and honest about the challenges he faced as an IRF and it really helped to talk to him about the issues that I am facing now starting my fellowship. He is really easy to talk to and listened to what I had to say and my concerns. He also asked the right questions I think to prompt me to do things."

Professor Sheila Francis, Head of Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease said “This good citizenship often goes unrecognised and I am delighted to be able to share this good news with you all and to commend this important area of activity and expertise”.