Coaching at Imperial
To register interest in having a coach, please complete an interest form. You will be asked for further information about the kind of topics you want to explore, which will help with the coach matching process. Your assigned coach will then contact you to arrange an initial meeting to discuss how you can both take the coaching forward.
If you have any questions about coaching, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Imperial College has a pool of trained coaches who are able to offer coaching as a bespoke development opportunity for all College staff. In addition, coaching is offered to staff completing internal development programmes such as the Imperial Leadership and Management Development programme or Talent programmes.
The Coaching Academy first launched in 2009 and was one of the first of its kind within the Higher Education sector. There is now a pool of around 50 coaches who are drawn from all over the College community and have a range of professional backgrounds and coaching experience. All coaches participate in ongoing professional development and coaching supervision in order to continuously maintain and develop their skills.
What is coaching?
Coaching is a 1-1 process that helps individuals think through their options in relation to a range of situations they may be facing in the workplace. Coaching is a confidential and voluntary process, involving up to 4 meetings over a period of 3-6 months.
A coach uses a combination of observation, questioning, listening, and feedback to create a conversation that’s rich in insight and learning for the coachee, who will be able to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of their own circumstances. They will also create new ways to resolve issues and develop skills and strategies so they feel empowered to take action.
Common benefits people experience from coaching include:
- Improved sense of direction and focus
- Increased self-awareness
- Improved ability to influence and relate to others
- Increased personal effectiveness
- Increased resourcefulness/resilience such as the ability to handle change
People with management responsibilities find coaching can:
- Help them handle the transition into a new role more effectively
- Enhance their ability to lead, engage and develop their team
Developing as a Coach
- LinkedIn Learning offers various courses for developing coaching skills and is available to all staff and students.
- All leaders and managers are encouraged to develop their coaching skills as an effective tool for communicating with, and developing, their teams. Coaching skills are embedded within the Imperial Leadership and Management Development Programme, and the workshop Coaching Skills for Managers.
- Approximately every 2 years, the College invests in the development of new coaches for the Imperial College Coaching Academy.
All College staff are able to apply to participate in a competitive selection process and, if successful, to work towards completion of a recognised coaching qualification. To be added to the waiting list for this next version of this programme then please email email@example.com.