Research Coaching Scheme 2012

Promoting research excellence

The Research Coaching Scheme is run by Swansea University Research Forum (SURF), with the aim of encouraging research excellence and supporting individual achievement and aspirations.  It establishes cross-disciplinary coaching partnerships for research active staff and research support staff within Swansea University.

SURF is inviting Expressions of Interest from individuals wishing to become coaches or coachees (or both) as part of the Scheme.  People who were part of the Scheme in 2010 or 2011 are encouraged to reapply.  Training will be provided as part of an induction event on the 20th April 2012: for newcomers to the scheme introductory training, and for those who have already participated advanced training will be provided – so hopefully everyone will learn something new.

Expression of Interest to be Coached 2012.doc  

Expression of Interest to be a Coach 2012.doc

A relaxed, non-judgemental and positive learning environment is created where individuals can talk freely about their experience.   Coaching can enable individuals to better focus on specific tasks such as preparing written outputs for the REF and submitting grant applications.  It can also  help individuals think of the ‘big picture’ in terms of longer term career goals and aspirations.  Cross-disciplinarity encourages participants to gain from new perspectives and provide valuable networking opportunities, maximising productive relationships across the University.

What is research coaching?
Is coaching the same as mentoring?
Can I apply?
Expression of Interest
Criteria for matching coaching pairs
Preparation for coaching
Do I need permission from my line manager?
What if I don’t get on with my coach/coachee?
How much time do I need?
Who is the Scheme being run by?

If you have any queries about the Scheme or application process come to our drop in session in the SURF Room, Fulton House, 14th March 12.30-13.30.

Alternatively you can contact (in English) Eleanor Fisher: ext. 4351 or (in Welsh) Tudur Hallam: or ext. 4076

Since participating I have secured both research council funding and a permanent position in the University – Participant 2011

When the opportunity for being coached came along I questioned whether I could spare the time. I am so glad I did, as I found my coaching experience totally invaluable. My coach skilfully guided me in reflecting on the issues I found were concerning me...I found the clarity resulting from our simple but structured conversations totally amazing on each occasion that we met. I went away from each session with defined action points that helped me to achieve a great deal” – Participant 2011