Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS)

Swansea University is part of the Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS), which is a unique project of its kind for Wales.  

WUMS is an exciting and dynamic scheme that aims to support the professional development of female staff working in Welsh universities through a system of professional mentoring. WUMS aims to provide female staff with access to a mentor who can give valuable advice and encouragement and assist in formulating a strategy to help the mentee develop their professional skills and abilities, address learning and development needs and identify and achieve their career ambitions. 

The scheme is open to all female members of staff working in the Higher Education sector, including all academic, research, technical, manual, support and administrative staff.

WUMS is currently inviting applications from women working in academic and support roles at all levels in HE to participate in the scheme.  WUMS is an all-Wales scheme that aims to promote and facilitate professional and career development for women by setting up inter-university mentoring partnerships.  Mentoring is a helpful relationship based on mutual trust and respect, giving individuals the opportunity to overcome obstacles to career progression.

Applications are currently closed.

Further details on WUMS can be found here.  Please download, complete and send your application form via email to wums@bangor.ac.uk.


SURF Research Coaching

The Swansea University Research Forum (SURF) invites Expressions of Interest from research active/support staff who would like to benefit from being a research coach or being coached (or both).  Applications are currently closed.

What is the SURF Research Coaching Scheme?

The Research Coaching scheme is an exciting and dynamic initiative to support the development of research-active staff across disciplines through a system of research coaching at Swansea University. It 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.

Research coaching is a non-directive form of professional development that focuses on improving research performance and developing an individual’s skills. It targets high performance and improvement at work, usually lasts for a short period and focuses on specific goals. It can also contribute to organizational goals, in terms of improving research culture and excellence. Coaching is a skilled activity, which is why training is deemed an essential part of the Scheme.

This scheme offers a relaxed, non-judgemental and positive learning environment where individuals can talk freely about their experience. Cross-disciplinarity encourages participants to gain from new perspectives and provide valuable networking opportunities, maximising productive relationships across the University.

Coaching can be contrasted with mentoring, which tends to describe a relationship in which a more experienced colleague uses their greater knowledge and understanding of an area of work to support the development of a more junior or inexperienced member of staff. Mentoring is familiar to many staff at Swansea University. Compared to mentoring coaching is non-hierarchical and puts the onus on the person being coached to decide what they want to achieve through coaching. It targets high performance and improvement at work, lasts for a short period and focuses on specific goals.

Why coach others?

Experienced researchers find coaching a rewarding way to enhance their professional research management capabilities. These capabilities include helping to develop the potential of other researchers, encouragement, and sharing knowledge and experience.

Why be coached?

Researchers in other coaching schemes find it an enjoyable and effective way to increase their research potential. Coaching can help you advance your research career by benefiting from others’ experience and learning from feedback and new ideas.

How much time do I need?

Time involved in participating in the Scheme is small compared to potential benefit: 3 hours training (21st May); then typically coaching involves three 1 hour coaching sessions between May and December

Can I apply?

SURF is inviting Expressions of Interest from individuals wishing to become coaches or coachees (or both) as part of the Scheme. People who were previously part of the Scheme are encouraged to reapply. Training will be provided as part of an induction event on the 21st May 2015.

The Research Coaching Scheme is open to all research active staff or research support staff at Swansea University, irrespective of job title/level/contract. Please feel free to contact us if you are in doubt over whether you fit these criteria.  Further details of the scheme can be found at http://www.swansea.ac.uk/research/surf