BDA NIHR mentorship


Are you thinking about apply for a NIHR or any other research fellowship or lectureship?

For some applications (e.g. NIHR) you are required to find a mentor who will be named in your application as part of your on-going support team. For other applications you may wish to access a mentor to support you through the process.

The BDA has formed a Faculty of Research Mentors in association with our NIHR Dietetic Academic Training Advocates. These members (links below) are all willing to act as mentors to help guide you through the next stage of your research career. 

The mentors are able to offer you an individual programme of support, agreed at an initial session to discuss expectations and ground rules.  Support may include an initial face to face or skype discussion, followed by a combination of email, skype and/or telephone contact.  Initially the programme of support will be for eighteen months, at which point both parties will evaluate the success of the relationship.



NIHR Dietetic Academic Training Advocates are

Professor Gary Frost 

Professor Mary Hickson 

Dr Linda Wedlake 

You can find out more about the Advocate role here



More about the scheme frequently asked questions


Faculty of Mentors

Dr Louise Goff

Dr Kath Hart

Professor Mary Hickson

Paul McArdle