The Higher Education Academy (HEA) are offering a range of new coaching products and services. As part of the coaching offer we intend to promote one to one coaching for those at executive level as well as a range of group masterclasses and workshops that introduce the concept of Coaching for Excellence. Our coaching opportunites are specifically aimed at those who teach and support learning in Higher Education; with over 10 years experience supporting HE professionals the HEA are ideally placed to support you with your coaching development.
Coaching has clear benefits at organisational, individual and team levels, including improved:
Benefits of coaching
We can help you with developing an:
- Improved sense of direction and focus;
- Increased knowledge of self/self-awareness;
- Improved ability to relate to and influence others;
- Increased motivation;
- Improved personal effectiveness e.g. focused effort;
- Increased resourcefulness / resilience e.g. ability to handle change.
The aim of coaching is to help people to help themselves. It is focused on the future and on the achievement of goals.
Coaching is important as part of an integrated approach to learning and development because it provides the opportunity for support and challenge, reflection, observation and feedback on all aspects of an individual’s work and working relationships. It can also act as a valuable addition to classroom based learning programmes since it is focussed on the individual and their specific learning and development needs.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is separate and distinct from mentoring, counselling, training and consulting and it takes the form of a series of planned 1:1 interactions between a professional coach and a coachee. In HE the coachee might be a leader or manager such as a Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dean, Head of School or Department or a stand-alone professional such as a Lecturer or Researcher and indeed the HEA supplies coaches for individuals in every one of these roles.
Coaching is usually a non-directive intervention and coachee led, designed to support and faciliate individuals to think thorugh issues for themselves. The coach does not solve problems or do the work – they act as a guide and facilitator to the coachee to enable them to do this for themselves.
Professional coaches operate in many different spheres including sport, music, drama, business and education and all have one thing in common – they work with a client to help them define and achieve a stated goal or outcome. Coaches may also use pyshometrics and diagnostic tools to support the coaching process.
“It’s about transition, change and transformation - giving someone reflective space” (David Clutterbuck, 2006)
The benefits of a coaching service from the HEA is that our coaches understand the higher education sector and the specific culture, climate, goals and challenges of the organisation for which our clients work. Coaches who are external to the organisation have the benefit of bringing a fresh perspective, objectivity and impartiality. They can also bring with them useful ideas and concepts learnt from other organisations within and outside the higher education sector.
Choosing the best coach for any given individual’s needs can be time-consuming and sometimes confusing. What type of coach do you need? How much coaching? What should you expect to pay? What qualifications should you expect to see?
The HEA can take all of those concerns away from your institution. We have done all of the hard work up front to make selecting the right coach(es) for your needs efficient and seamless. We are proud to have a register of qualified and experienced coaches in all areas of the UK (and overseas) who have already gone through our rigorous selection process and have been signed up and contracted to work to our exacting standards. All the coaches on our register are professionally qualified and operate to the AoC/EMCC ethical standards and guidelines.
All our coaches work within the same price range and are bound by our terms and conditions, including the need to demonstrate compliance with the Data Protection Act and undertake regular supervision and regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Although coaching is still as yet an un-regulated professional we believe self-regulation is critical to ensure the highest standards of practice and ethics. As such all our coaches are bound by the Association of Coaching (AOC)/European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) Code of Ethics.
Higher Education Academy's Coaching offer
The coaching offer is based on issues that in higher education professionals often encounter as well as encompassing a wider coaching context. Our coaching can be tailored to tackle particular areas of staff development, and we will work with you to develop and match you with a coach who will be beneficial to both your staff and your institution.