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Coaching Skills for Research Managers

Aim of the workshop:

The aim of this workshop is to support those who line manage researchers and those engaged in PhD supervision with an opportunity to explore coaching approaches. Coaching approaches are focussed on facilitating problem solving rather than you as the manager/supervisor offering solutions. Coaching approaches support:

· Accelerated development of researchers.

· Enhanced independence of the researchers you manage/supervise.

· Enhance creativity of solutions that researchers propose.

· Support researchers to develop confidence in their skills and capabilities.

· The workshop will be highly participative and give you the opportunity to coach and experience coaching.

Further reading: Coaching and Mentoring for Academic Development (2021), Guccione & Hutchison, DOI:10.1108/9781789739077

What will I learn?

The workshop will enable participants to:

· Develop an understanding of what coaching is (and how it is different to mentoring) and when it can be a useful approach when supporting researchers.

· Develop your coaching skills (listening, questioning, providing feedback, moving conversations forward) to support researchers have agency in problem solving.

· Explore how to resist the temptation to offer solutions

· Practice these skills and explore how you can implement these skills in your supervision and management practices.

Is it right for me?

This is aimed at anyone who has a role supporting researchers who would like to find ways to support researchers become more independent. It will be particularly useful for those who are managing teams of researchers where the time supporting researchers is limited, and for those who are supervising/managing researchers who would benefit from building their confidence and independence.

Less useful if…

You have already undertaken a coaching skills workshop at a previous point in your career (but still useful if you have not implemented the skills you learnt).

Dates, venues and booking

Dates: 18 June 2024

Time: 10:00 to 16:00

Location: Wolfson Research Exchange, the Library

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