Sustaining an international research mentor relationship for a decade – hints and tips

Morris, Karen and Perryman-Fox, Michelle (2022) Sustaining an international research mentor relationship for a decade – hints and tips. In: 18th World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress: Occupational R-Evolution, 28-31 August 2022, Paris, France. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

Introduction / Rationale: This paper will discuss the evolution of a research mentor partnership between a former student and a university lecturer as it developed over a decade. Within this presentation, Michelle and Karen will share their reflections on how they have enabled their mentoring relationship to flourish.

Objectives: To explore what facilitated and sustained a positive research mentoring relationship over international borders and time

Method / Approach: This paper uses a reflective approach to consider the development of a successful research mentoring relationship established in 2011. While Karen has remained working in the same University, Michelle has journeyed across the world.

Results and or Practice Implications: Michelle and Karen first met in a week 1 pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy classroom as student and tutor. Neither expected a long term research mentoring relationship to develop. Through a combination of face to face and technology enhanced systems, Michelle and Karen have collaborated on a range of research, sometimes with others, culminating in Michelle’s doctorate completed in 2021. A number of factors have supported this relationship over time: honesty, timeliness of sessions, clear expectations on both sides, flexibility, good communication and humour. The relationship has evolved from one of mentee/mentor to peer mentoring and support.

Conclusion: Physical distance is no longer a barrier for research mentorship. There is a potential occupational R-evolution with therapists being able to access support from the most appropriate person for them, regardless of location – providing exciting collaboration opportunities for both mentees and mentors.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Institute of Health > Urgent and Primary Care
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 10:41
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 10:41
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6598

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