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UNDERDOG MENTORING

A level playing field for all people

 

ABOUT

A Bit of Background

No one can achieve much without other people's help. Underdog Mentoring is a free grassroots mentoring organisation based in Sydney and London. We aim to level the playing field for people who don't have access to mentors and professional connections. Set up by a cardiothoracic surgeon in 2020, our philosophy is to pass down the career help we received from our own mentors without which we would not have been able to achieve anything.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Underdog Mentoring posts opportunities in the following section when we hear about them. If you have an opportunity you would like to post on here email info@underdogmentoring.com

SYDNEY-BASED UNI SCHOLARSHIP PAGES

Sydney-based universities USYD, UNSW and UTS have details of domestic and international scholarships as well as prizes and awards here:

USYD scholarships

UNSW scholarships

UTS Scholarships

There are many highly-specific scholarships which have criteria only a few people can meet. Find a scholarship for which you're a perfect match and there is a good chance you could get it. For help and advice on scholarships email info@underdogmentoring.com

GRANTCONNECT

GrantConnect is the Australian Government's whole-of-government, centralised, research grant information system. It provides a free service for all potential grant applicants to find and access Commonwealth grant opportunities and related documentation. 

WELLCOME INNOVATOR AWARDS

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Open internationally. Shortlisting meetings happen every three months. Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations. Usually for up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations.


Who can apply: Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health. Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply. Organisations can be of any size, based anywhere in the world. 

THE RONIN INSTITUTE FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Want to do research independently without getting involved in a university? Look into the Ronin Institute.


The Ronin Institute is devoted to facilitating and promoting scholarly research outside traditional academic research institutions. 

Read more here:


http://ronininstitute.org/

https://www.wired.com/2012/05/the-rise-of-fractional-scholarship-and-the-ronin-institute/

AMP'S TOMORROW FUND

Established in 2014, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund awards up to $1 million in grants each year to amazing Australians doing great things in their communities. Grant recipients work in a diverse range of fields and include artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, disability advocates, technologists, filmmakers, fashion designers, medical researchers and musicians. The grants can be used for a range of activities, including travel, equipment, study costs, research and more.


www.ampstomorrowfund.com.au

CSL FLOREY NEXT GENERATION AWARD

The CSL Florey Next Generation Award is for a current PhD candidate who has demonstrated outstanding capability, creativity and potential in the biomedical sciences and/or health and medical research. It has been developed to encourage and support promising health and medical researchers early in their careers and includes a $20,000 prize and two runner-up prizes of $2,500 each.

https://aips.net.au/florey-award/next-gen/

 
Muslim Girl Studying

RESOURCES

Everyone's learning style is different, try some of these tools to maximise your learning

ANKI SPACED REPETITION LEARNING

ANKI is a spaced-repetition learning software programme which is free on most systems. It’s a simple concept which is good for high volume fact-based learning.

You can get it here: https://apps.ankiweb.net/


And here is a Youtube tutorial about it which students have found useful (should take about 30 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5urUZUWoTLo

ENDNOTE VIDEO COURSE

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS CCRISP AND START SURGERY

The RCS has made some of their world class course materials available for free online in response to the coronavirus situation.

Click here for free access to materials from the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) participant handbook.


Click here for Systematic Training in Acute Illness Recognition and Treatment (START) videos and the Human Factors section.

HEALTH EDUCATION ENGLAND CORONAVIRUS E-LEARNING

Click here for a free coronavirus e-learning programme by HEE.

The resources above are just suggestions passed on by Underdog Mentoring. We don't receive any benefit from them, they are just tools our people have found useful. If you have a suggestion for a resource which could help people, email us:
info@underdogmentoring.com

 

WHAT'S ON

CONFERENCES

International Society of Hypertension Scientific Meeting

Glasgow, UK Rescheduled to 11-14 April 2021. Travel Awards for young Australian researchers are available through the Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research.


Sydney Cardiovascular Symposium

Sydney University 

Provisional date: 7-9 December, 2020

Audiovisual Conference

OTHER EVENTS

Limited due to COVID-19 - coming back soon.

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Used Books

THINGS TO READ

THE OBSERVER / GUARDIAN (AU/UK)

John Naughton

From viral conspiracies to exam fiascos, algorithms come with serious side effects (published 6 Sept 2020; added 7 Sept 2020)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/sep/06/from-viral-conspiracies-to-exam-fiascos-algorithms-come-with-serious-side-effects

RCS BULLETIN (UK)

G Winter

How other professions cope with burnout (published 31 Aug 2020; added 3 Sept 2020)

https://doi.org/10.1308/rcsbull.2020.172

NITV NEWS (AU)

Mikele Syron

Report finds Indigenous people with a disability are more likely to experience discrimination (published 28 Aug 2020; added 1 Sept 2020)

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2020/08/28/report-finds-indigenous-people-disability-are-more-likely-experience

See also:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Disability support for Indigenous Australians (published 11 Sept 2019; added 1 Sept 2020)

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-welfare/disability-support-for-indigenous-australians

9NEWS (AU)

Kiersten Papasidero

Petition to free the Aboriginal flag from copyright law reaches 100,000 signatures (published 21 Aug 2020; added 25 Aug 2020)

https://www.9news.com.au/national/aboriginal-flag-petition-to-remove-copyright-laws-reaches-100000-signatures-on-changeorg/c2361475-b426-4b8b-91db-7899a0517890

See also:

THE CONVERSATION

Isabella Alexander

Explainer: our copyright laws and the Australian Aboriginal flag (published 13 Jun 2019; added 25 Aug 2020)

UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY (AU)

Research Snapshot

THE GUARDIAN (AU)

Matilda Boseley

Victorian government and First Peoples' Assembly to begin 'momentous' treaty negotiations (published 3 Aug 2020; added 3 Aug 2020)

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/03/victorian-government-and-first-peoples-assembly-to-begin-momentous-treaty-negotiations

SBS NEWS (AU)

Naveen Razik

Victoria to introduce Australia's first truth-telling process to address Indigenous injustices (published 11 Jul 2020; added 11 Jul 2020)

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/victoria-to-introduce-australia-s-first-truth-telling-process-to-address-indigenous-injustices

VICE NEWS (UK)

Hannah Ewens

Inside the Great British TERF War: Transphobia in the British Media (published 16 Jun 2020; added 23 Jun 2020)

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/889qe5/trans-rights-uk-debate-terfs

See also:


Sam Feder & Laverne Cox, Disclosure (Documentary; Netflix: June 2020)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbX6JUlaEc

THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

Jayne Hardy

Four simple changes to make to improve your mental health in tough times (published 21 Jun 2020; added 22 Jun 2020)

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/mental-health-advice-tips-lockdown-anxiety-depression-self-care-a9576201.html

BBC NEWS (AU)

BBC

Indigenous deaths in custody: Why Australians are seizing on US protests (published 5 Jun 2020; added 6 Jun 2020)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-52900929

VICE NEWS (UK)

Ruby Lott-Lavigna

A Practical List of Ways to Support the George Floyd Protests in the UK (added 5 Jun 2020; published 2 Jun 2020)

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/4ayvzm/support-george-floyd-protests-uk

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

YY Hu, et al.

Discrimination, Abuse, Harassment, and Burnout in Surgical Residency Training (added 29 Apr 2020; published 31 Oct 2020)

N Engl J Med 2019; 381:1741-1752
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1903759

THE GUARDIAN

David Batty

BAME trainee doctors in 'climate of fear' over racism (added 29 Apr 2020; published 14 Feb 2020)

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/feb/14/bame-trainee-doctors-in-climate-of-fear-over-racism

THE LANCET (UK)

Richard Horton

COVID-19 and the NHS—“a national scandal” (28 Mar 2020)

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30727-3/fulltext

See also: 

Richard Horton (The Guardian)

Coronavirus is the greatest global science policy failure in a generation (9 Apr 2020)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/09/deadly-virus-britain-failed-prepare-mers-sars-ebola-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_link

THE GUARDIAN

Emine Saner

'Think about the best-case scenario': how to manage coronavirus anxiety (23 Mar 2020)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/22/think-about-the-best-case-scenario-how-to-manage-coronavirus-anxiety

UNITED NATIONS

UN Gender Social Norms Index

Tackling social norms: A game changer for social inequalities

http://hdr.undp.org/en/GSNI

In the news:

Gender study finds 90% of people are biased against women

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51751915

Nine out of 10 people found to be biased against women​

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/05/nine-out-of-10-people-found-to-be-biased-against-women

RCS BULLETIN (UK)

M Taylor

Why is there a shortage of doctors in the UK? 

Volume: 102 Issue: 3, March 2020, pp. 78-81

https://doi.org/10.1308/rcsbull.2020.78

Published online: March 02, 2020

RCS BULLETIN (UK)

J Glass, et al.

National selection – fit for purpose?

Volume: 102 Issue: 3, March 2020, pp. 82-85

https://doi.org/10.1308/rcsbull.2020.82

Published online: March 02, 2020

RCS BULLETIN (UK)

R Galaiya & T Arulampalam

Burnout in surgeons: talking the talk but not walking the walk

Volume: 102 Issue: 2, February 2020, primary_discussion

https://doi.org/10.1308/rcsbull.2020.e003

Published online: February 27, 2020

KINGS FUND (UK)

Michael West

It’s not about the money: staff engagement comes first (7 Mar 2018) 

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2018/03/staff-engagement-comes-first

KINGS FUND (UK)

Bilal Sahib

Five ways to improve junior doctor morale (19 Feb 2018)

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2018/02/five-ways-improve-junior-doctor-morale

 

ABOUT US

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NOTHING HAPPENS WITHOUT A TEAM

We are a non-hierarchical network based on the idea that we only achieve anything by helping each other.

 

HOW IT STARTED

A junior cardiothoracic surgeon and PhD student realised he was taking a lot and not giving enough back.

So Underdog Mentoring was set up to try and even things out.

 

WHERE WE HAVE CONTACTS

We currently have contacts in Australia, the UK, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada and the USA.

Our contacts specialise in a broad range of subjects/industries, including medicine, surgery, commerce (business), teaching, journalism and creative writing.

If you would like to become a contact/mentor and give something back yourself, please get in touch with us at info@underdogmentoring.com

 

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?

Underdog Mentoring has helped people in various ways and every mentee wants something different. 

Everything we do is 100% free. What makes us different is that we're passing down to other people the help we were lucky enough to receive ourselves from our own mentors and contacts. The word grassroots means we throw out the seeds and see what grows from this. We don't control or micromanage what our mentors and mentees do, we put them in touch and let them do whatever works for them.

EXAMPLES OF HOW WE HAVE HELPED

In the past we have provided essay guidance, general or career advice, CV guidance, help with applications, exam advice, pointed people in the right direction for their mental health or administrative questions and put people in touch with the right contacts to help them achieve what they want to achieve.

Teacher Assisting a Student

WHAT WE CAN'T DO

Whilst we can sometimes point you in the direction of scholarships, we cannot give you money - that's an easy one because we don't have any to give!

We can help with some types of work but we aren't focused on tutoring and we cannot do your work for you!

Classmates in the Library

START THE CONVERSATION

Email us if you want to find out more. We can't always help but there's a good chance we can: info@underdogmentoring.com

We will never ask for your personal details other than those needed to get in touch with you such as an email address, name and possibly phone number.

Business Meeting
 

TESTIMONIALS

Just thought I would check in – what a semester!...the first couple of sessions were really beneficial, and I’ve picked up some great tips from you that have seemed to pay off...Really, I would just like to thank you!

12 Jun 2020

 

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Underdog Mentoring Sydney acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people upon whose ancestral lands the universities we work out of stand. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of these lands.