PhD Potential: Peer-2-Peer Coaching Taster for Staff Supporting Researchers


A very snowy Birmingham played host to the SWW and Midlands Hub Peer2Peer Coaching Taster workshop last week. Participants from Exeter to Glasgow traveled to the Midlands to learn more about the programme which emerged from work by the Vitae coaching project group (established as an outcome from Vitae Connections2 event -November 2010). Jeff Gill and Will Medd, who have written the programme, were on hand to lead the participants through a series of taster activities and answer questions about the programme and how it has run at Lancaster University and at the University of Manchester.

*Objectives and outcomes of the Peer-2-Peer Coaching Skills Programme

The Peer-2-Peer Coaching Skills Programme has been designed to provide postgraduate researchers with core coaching skills and techniques to enable them to thrive in their doctorate while developing skills for the future. The emphasis of the programme is in enabling PGRs to use coaching skills in relationship with their peers as well as self-coaching.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • apply coaching skills to support the performance and development of individual PGRs
  • train PGRs in peer coaching skills to enable better peer support
  • enable PGRs to self-coach in areas identified from the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

The key outcomes will be:

  • PGRs with core coaching skills that they can use to support their peers
  • PGRS with core self-coaching skills that they can apply to their PhDs performance and the development of their employability skills
  • PGRS with enhanced employability through the coaching skills learnt
  • PGRS able to maximise their learning from other training programmes

Who the programme is for?

The programme has been designed specifically for PGRs (though is adaptable to Contract Researchers). Any PGR who could improve some aspect of what they are doing or experiencing, or who wants to get more out of their work can benefit from the programme. PGRs could bring issues around wanting to improve specific skills sets (e.g. time management, presentations), improving particular areas of performance (e.g. writing, publishing), or around personal and professional development (e.g. leadership qualities, work-life balance).

*Extract from PhD Potential: Peer-2-peer coaching skills programme. Programme Leader and Facilitator Manual © 2012 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited.

If you were unable to attend this taster session, but would like to know more about the PhD Potential: Peer2Peer Coaching resources please contact or for further information.


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