Introduction of coaching scheme

The EDI committee is very excited to announce the formation of a coaching scheme within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences! After the formation of a coaching subgroup several months ago, the scheme is now fully up and running for students to use.

The scheme is aimed at pairing a volunteer coach (staff member) with a postgraduate student, with the specific aim of providing support over agreed issues or areas of uncertainty. This can take many forms, from speaking about job applications to gaining advice about how to become a more independent researcher!

The scheme provides lots of flexibility, with students able to request a certain member of staff from the designated list, before meeting at regular intervals at the discretion of both parties. Simple assessment forms are filled out at the first and last sessions to track progress.

The EDI committee is really excited about this scheme and hopes it will provide a further avenue of support for students who feel they need it, as well as hopefully improve the sense of community within the department!

The coaching scheme handbook is attached for those who require further information.