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Job shadowing, coaching and mentoring are currently being reviewed - updates to come early in the 2019/20 academic year!

We have a network of qualified coaches who are able to support staff from any area of the university, no matter the role. As of 2017 we are also part of a collaboration with Regent’s University, the University of Greenwich, SOAS and LSE. This relationship enables a limited number of individuals to receive coaching support from qualified coaches from the partner universities.

For more information and details on how to apply for coaching support please e-mail: 

Coaching assists an individual in bridging the gap between where they are now and where they would like to be.

A coach achieves this by:

  • Helping to raise the awareness of the individual with powerful questioning techniques so they can get clear on what they truly desire and who they are at their core
  • Assisting them to create practical, step-by-step action plans to reach their goals
  • Providing the individual with tools, techniques and strategies to create lasting change and success

A good coach is able to assist individuals to obtain their desired goal(s). A coach achieves this with the use of powerful tools and techniques to help the individual uncover their own answers, gain clarity on what they want and what could be holding them back. This level of awareness and support encourages the individual to break through any obstacles and go on to achieve their ambitions.

Although some skills may be similar, a coach is not a counsellor, a therapist, a mentor or a consultant. A coach will focus on future possibilities rather than past mistakes; this is achieved with tried and tested techniques that qualify them to assist an individual in exploring their goals and ambitions.

The most vital role of a coach is to help the individual to unlock their potential, maximise their performance and get the results they are hoping for. Workplace coaching can be used to help with specific issues at work such as relationships or managing workload, or for longer-term issues such as career development or career planning.

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