Developing others

Coaching in Academia

Academic colleagues are to make use of coaching skills at the appropriate times during all their interactions with students and other colleagues. Whilst elements of a coaching style are included in the existing developmental provision the requisite skills are not collectively promoted as a valuable skill set for use in other contexts. Our current development opportunities are specified below, and we are developing application and awareness of coaching skills for all academic colleagues.

Courses and resources

The following courses and resources provide online and face to face development opportunities for your coaching:

We are currently developing an online resource and face to face session for developing your coaching techniques. For more information please contact People Development.

Coaching Conversations (4 weeks x 2-3 hours per week)

About this course: Throughout the Coaching Skills for Managers specialization, we’ve discussed many topics for improving coaching conversations with our employees. It is now time to put all of that theory and discussion into practice and examine great examples of common coaching conversations!

Note: This course builds on all previous courses in the Coaching Skills for Managers specialization. It is highly recommended that students complete or be familiar with the topics covered in those courses before taking this course. In particular, you should be familiar with the coaching strategies and tools discussed in previous courses (such as the 5 whys technique, resisting what is, among others), and should have a full understanding of the Thought model and the various components of it: circumstances, thoughts, feelings, actions, and results.


Leadership Coaching Through Turbulent Times- Playing with eFIRE (3 weeks x 3 hours per week)

About this course: In today’s complex and uncertain world, how can you use coaching and mentoring to untangle messy problems and find solutions that will help you – and your staff – to survive as well as thrive? What strategies can help you to enhance the potentials and overcome the pitfalls of the leader-as-coach?This online course will show you how to apply eFIRE, a unique coaching model, to increase your impact as a leader, reflect on your experiences and receive peer feedback. You’ll explore a variety of coaching cultures through vignettes and the lens of leaders who are experiencing challenges with staff.

Coaching Conversations

  • The Will and the Skill: A Coaching and Mentoring Exercise
    • Before selecting an appropriate coaching style, a coach must first establish their coachee’s level of skill and will. This exercise will help coaches develop their ability to accurately determine the coaching style best suited to a coachee’s needs
  • The GROW Model
    • The GROW model is a simple yet effective technique which can help coaches plan and structure their coaching conversations.  
  • Top tips to Coaching
    • These top tips will help you to conduct a coaching relationship effectively.

Use these assessments to consider how effective you are as a coach/mentor, and identify any areas for development:

teaching essentials module in coaching is in development. For more information contact Academic Development.