When Bruce and Paula took over as National Organisers of HESG, they said they would undertake a short online survey to find out what people might like HESG to do in the future. That survey is now live, and we’re really pleased that so many members and non-members have already responded.
You have one week left to share your ideas and have your opinion counted – the survey will close on Friday 26th October. Findings from the survey will be reported to the HESG Members Meeting in York in January 2019.
Behind the scenes, the team has been working to consolidate HESG’s finances and streamline membership management. We would therefore like to inform all past, current, and future HESG members of three important changes.
Updated membership renewal period
Previously, HESG membership ran on a fixed academic calendar, with renewals due on October 1st each year. Effective immediately, new memberships will last for one year from the time of purchase. Memberships can be renewed at any time, with any remaining days automatically carried over.
All current memberships (paid under the previous arrangement) are valid until October 1st 2018.
New payment gateway
We’re pleased to announce that HESG will be running a pilot for a mentoring programme for early and mid-career HESG members. Applications are now open for 6 mentors and 6 mentees to take part in the pilot. The deadline for applications is 30th March 2018.
The mentoring process supports and encourages people to manage their own learning, in order to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be. The aim of the programme is to help foster a culture of mentorship at health economics research centres across the UK through this pilot voluntary inter-institutional scheme. This scheme is modelled on the Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS).
In the first instance we are looking for 6 senior academics (Senior lecturer; Reader; Professor) and 6 early-mid career researchers (e.g. candidates who have almost or recently completed their PhD, or research officers, lecturers etc.). The scheme will match mentors and mentees based on shared interests in health economics methodology and/or an applied area of research. The scheme will particularly support mentees in the smaller or newer research centres, possibly through mentorship by mentors based in the larger or more established centres.
It is proposed that the mentoring arrangement will last for 12 months, with 4 face-to-face or Skype meeting dates (to be arranged by the mentee over that time period).