On Friday 22nd March, in collaboration with OLI, the NDM Athena SWAN Coaching Working Group hosted a Coaching Event for staff within NDM and the wider University at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics. The event was well attended with pre-registration from 63 individuals from 17 different departments across the University, with staff attending from different staff types and career levels.

The aim of this session was to help staff understand what coaching is, how it can aid personal and professional development and provide details on what schemes are available.

The first part of the session was varied and engaging, and included a presentation by a coach and mentor, a talk by OLI who run the University Coaching Scheme, a question and answer session with someone from NDM who has been through coaching, and an example demonstration of what coaching can achieve.

The second half of the event gave those who had pre-registered for taster sessions the opportunity to talk to a coach and get a feel for what a coaching session may be like. We had 14 fully booked slots, with a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Thank you to everyone who came along and took part. The feedback has been extremely positive, and we are hoping to run a similar event again in the future.

  • On average, staff rated the event 9/10 for usefulness
  • Following the event, 69% of respondents said they would like to receive coaching.

What attendees said

“an insightful and inspiring introduction to coaching and mentoring”
“such a welcoming, well-organised and well-attended event”
“my 1:1 coach was amazing”
“good level of interaction”
“interesting, good structure, varied”
“the live demonstration of a coaching session was very helpful”
“really useful, thank you!”

More information

Copies of the slides are available here: NDM Coaching briefing presentation 22 March (1).

To provide feedback or register your interest for future events please e-mail Athena.swan@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Please see our Mentoring and Coaching website pages for more details about the schemes available.