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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How might a Coach or Mentor help me?

Coaching and Mentoring can be valuable at many points in a career, helping someone to:

  • learn by reflecting on their experience
  • develop their confidence and skills
  • improve difficult relationships
  • tackle performance challenges
  • plan their career.

What is the difference between Coaching and Mentoring?

A vital difference between Coaching and Mentoring concerns the degree to which the coach or mentor guides and directs the client. Coaching sits towards the non-directive end of the spectrum while mentoring is towards the directive end.

A coach uses their ability to listen and to ask open questions to create a relationship of rapport and trust that enables the other to clarify what matters to them and to work out what to do to achieve their aspirations.

A mentor draws on their experience and knowledge to advise and guide a less experienced person in order to enhance their performance or support their development.

What will I gain from being a Coach or Mentor?

Although the primary purpose is to help the client, most people find that they gain in a variety of ways from the experience of being a Coach or Mentor:

  • the real satisfaction in helping another person to learn and grow
  • playing a part in building the future of the University
  • practicing and developing a range of conversational skills
  • seeing the world from a different perspective through the eyes of the client

What will LDC do to support me?

LDC will arrange an initial one-day workshop to help you to begin to develop the skills and understanding needed to conduct effective Coaching and Mentoring conversations and relationships. You should feel free to contact LDC if you feel you need to talk through any challenges you have experienced as a Coach or Mentor. Please contact to request a conversation with one of the team.

How much time is required?

This is something agreed between the Coach or Mentor and the client at the start of their work together. Typically, you will meet each other for around an hour every 6 – 8 weeks. You may find it useful to meet every 4 weeks for the first two or three sessions to build up some momentum.

What are the next steps?

If you are interested in having a Coach or Mentor to support you - or in being a coach or mentor for someone else - first speak to your line manager or head of department (where possible) and then complete the application form