Focus on mentoring and coaching for researchers
Mentoring and coaching each aim to help an individual clarify their goals and/or improve their self-awareness, skills or knowledge. Both use a conversational approach. While you can distinguish between them, the terms are often used interchangeably. Mentoring or coaching can draw on existing expertise to offer invaluable support for researchers' professional development.
See our full listing of focus on topics for Vitae members.
Will getting a mentor boost your career? Watch the recording of our #vitaehangout for researchers
Our panellists discuss questions such as:
What are the purposes and benefits of mentoring and coaching?
How can it support your professional and career development?
How can you find a mentor or coach?
To identify development needs that a mentor or coach might help you to progress, try our range of thinking tools, including:
Lenses on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework help you focus on knowledge or skills needed in a specific context.
Our researcher booklets include short exercises to help you explore your own situation and needs.
Try our online course, PDP ROC. Learn to take a systematic approach to planning your development.
During July we’re asking you to tell us which topic related to mentoring or coaching you’d most like us to address through a webinar aimed at researcher developers.
We asked researchers and their coaches and mentors to tell us about their experiences and motivations.
See the results of our poll - thanks for your responses!
Coaching and mentoring schemes for researchers. Advice for anyone considering a new scheme
Coaching for research in UK HE institutions : how coaching can support researcher performance and development
Case studies and articles on coaching and mentoring - from our network
Our evaluation toolkit includes example evaluation forms for a mentoring scheme
We asked experienced academics to give advice for researchers aspiring to research leadership. Developing the next generation can inform effective career development and mentoring conversations.
For PIs: A brief guide to career conversations with research staff and add links to your own resources on the editable version
“I would have quit without the substantial support of my (informal, but powerful) mentor.” Response from recognised researcher to our leadership poll.