Institutional case studies: coaching for researchers

If you are interested in establishing or improving coaching provision for researchers, you may find our ten examples of coaching programmes and schemes useful. Each example was contributed by a research institution and either describes a coaching programme or scheme designed for researchers or shows how coaching has been used with researchers. Most contributors have given contact details.

Coaching by staff for staff. The purpose of coaching in the University of East Anglia (UEA) programme is to help the coachee to move forward in their professional and personal development.

The Adept project [at the University of Birmingham] involves posgraduate researchers working for a period, typically 60 hours over six months, on a project to support the Careers and Employability Centre, in the design and delivery of dedicated careers and employability activity for researchers. We provide training and one-to-one coaching support to enable the researchers to develop employability skills during the period they are working on the project.

FutureSTEP ... is structured around acquiring coaching skills (useful for any kind of situation) and develops from peer coaching to 'action learning sets' (ALS) or 'thinking groups.' [University of Southampton]

See a list of all coaching case studies.


Coaching for research in UK higher education institutions: a review. Our 2011 report exploring the potential of coaching to support researcher performance and development in line with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

Conversations to move your career forward: coaching and mentoring opportunities. A presentation from our 2013 research staff conference. Use the advanced search feature to explore more related to coaching.