A mentor is someone from outside the school who has expertise relevant to the project. For example, it might be someone from a local company, or someone who works in Higher or Further Education. Mentors usually become involved by talking to students about the context of their work. They might:
Mentors shouldn’t tell students what to do, but help them develop the project as far as possible.
- Act as an “expert witness”, providing information and/or resources
- Be a point of access for specialist equipment or techniques.
- Provide relevant work experience or arrange an industrial visit.
- Help students develop their ideas and guide them as they look at their results.
- Provide a different perspective to a problem.
At gold level, project mentors are compulsory. The mentor should meet regularly with the student(s) during the project to discuss progress. Mentors should also be involved with the final evaluation of the project.
Where do I find a suitable mentor?
Talk to your local or regional SETPOINT. Find out about the Science and Engineering Ambassadors Scheme (SEAS) or Researchers in Residence (RiR) scheme.