BASES Professional Development and Mentoring Programme

5th June 2023


The BASES Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group is happy to announce the launch of its first Professional Development and Mentoring Programme (PDMP). The EDI Advisory Group was created to help drive BASES’ commitment to EDI. The organisation has acknowledged that BASES needs to become more diverse, particularly at the higher level, and there is a need to support underrepresented groups in their career progression. As such, the PDMP was created. 

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Retain and increase the number of members from underrepresented groups within BASES. 
  • Develop those members from underrepresented groups.
  • Support and prepare those members from underrepresented groups into/for leadership positions (i.e., on Committees, Boards etc). 

Those successful recipients of the of PDMP (four student/graduate members and four professional members) will be grouped with other successful recipients and a mentor. The group will work together over the course of the year to enhance the mentee’s skills across their applied work, research development as well as navigating sport and exercise as a member of an underrepresented group. Mentees will have regular check-ins, goal setting and reflections sessions, plus the opportunity to attend the BASES conference (fully funded) and submit a reflection of their experiences to The Sport and Exercise Scientist. There is also a travel allowance so that mentees are able to attend the host institution of their mentor. 

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be from an underrepresented group (as per the BASES Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion glossary of terms) which includes, but is not limited to, women, people with disabilities, people of colour or those from diverse ethnic or cultural groups, low-socioeconomic groups, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • Be a student, graduate or professional member or BASES.
    • Have a strong commitment to BASES and sport and exercise sciences generally. 

    Required materials for application:

    • Application: Your application will need to be submitted online. You will also need to attach your CV and cover letter here too. The information to apply is generally standard (i.e., name, contact details, current organisation, educational organisations, etc). You will also be asked which underrepresented group you fall in to. This is necessary for the application, but please be assured that your data will be remain confidential and held in GDPR compliant manner.
    • Curriculum vitae (CV): here, you present yourself professionally and include your academic
      achievements, educational history, professional development activities and other key information you deem necessary to your application.
    • Personal Statement: this document should describe your commitment to BASES, your career goals, your applied/research/academic interests, your career professional development activities
      to date and why you should be taken onto the PDMP programme. You should make particular reference to the aims and values of BASES.
    • References: Two references must be directly submitted to the BASES office by the referees.  
      Suitable referees include academic supervisors, or other academic staff who are familiar with you and your work/study. This is the Guidance for Referees.

    All submitted applications will be screened and selected by the BASES EDI Advisory Group whose composition is highly diverse. The application form is here.

    The deadline for applications is 10 am on Monday 17 July 2023.

    About BASES

    BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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