So, coach?

For those entering higher education, seeking to succeed, and for anyone in leadership positions, the presence of a supportive colleague is crucial. In this ENGAGE, we try and make sense of the various forms of supportive exchanges that can assist or hinder one’s path in higher education. At its most basic, coaching is a discourse, a conversation between two people. Ironically, discourse literally means to ‘run away’ and that perhaps is the point. Coaching in the context of higher education is the running away from the usual ways of being and doing. It is about finding new perspectives, changing the lens, enabling new interpretations and emboldening us through different conversations that inspire and invigorate both parties and can eventually lead to a new experience of, and the re-configuration of the higher education space.

In this ENGAGE, we examine the role of coaching, its impact and relevance, the difference to mentoring and advising, and how it has achieved acclaim in accelerating change in higher education.

Professor Denise Zinn, retired DVC NMU and Programme leader of Women in Leadership at HELM, and certified coaches, Dr Sharon Munyaka and Dr Paddy Pampalis, both also psychologists, will discuss the dangers and benefits of coaching and how these can shape higher education leadership in the future. Wednesday, 5th October 2022 (14:00—15:30).

Once you have registered you can immediately add the event to your calendar (with all the Zoom details) or you will receive an email with the Zoom details for the engagement. Please feel free to pass this invitation on to other colleagues who may be interested in attending.