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Durham University

Organisation Development

Durham University In-house Coaching

There is a formal external coaching framework in existence at the University which has been running successfully for some years.

In order to enhance the development of all staff and in part meet the strategic objective IV 1i (“to provide an equitable and supportive working environment which ensures that all our staff and students contribute effectively to our communities that excellence is valued and in which a collegial ethos enables everyone to realise their full potential.”); we are introducing an in-house coaching network across the University similar to that adopted by many other HE institutions, e.g. Imperial College, Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield, which forms part of their talent management programmes.

Some 40 members of professional support staff have undertaken Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications in coaching and mentoring. They have formed a bank of “in-house coaches” and are available for all staff to access. To register your interest in working with a coach, please complete the online registration form. This is part of an online administration tool to assist us identify an appropriate Coach to suit your objectives and all data entered will be held confidentially.

The aim of the coaching process is to assist individuals to reach their full potential as described by Megginson, 2012: “The coach encourages people to reach their full potential by encouraging self-belief and self-development. Self-belief gives people the drive to achieve their potential. Self-development gives them the means.”