Interview with research mentor Duncan Petrie

For students it builds confidence, inspires ambition and engenders professionalism, for staff it provides another forum for meaningful and rewarding interaction with dynamic and inspiring students.

We chat to 2018 Research Mentor Duncan Petrie to get their thoughts on the Laidlaw Scholarship.

Q: Why were you interested in becoming an Academic Mentor for a Laidlaw Scholar?

I have a strong commitment to students and to helping them develop their talent, skills and confidence.

Q: Describe your relationship with the student you are mentoring.

My role is to advise, guide and enable the student to pursue their passion, exercise their intellectual curiosity inspired by their project and to identify and use relevant approaches and tools to ensure a successful outcome.

Q: What have been the main benefits of participating in this programme?

The diversity of the cohort provides a different kind of community to that of the academic department, providing very valuable insights into commonalities and differences in terms of disciplines, concepts, methodologies and experiences of the research process.

Q: Why do you think the Laidlaw Scholarship is valuable to students and staff at the University?

For students it builds confidence, inspires ambition and engenders professionalism, for staff it provides another forum for meaningful and rewarding interaction with dynamic and inspiring students.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering being an Academic Mentor?

Do it!