Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring are development techniques based on the use of one-to-one discussions to enhance your skills, knowledge or work performance. There are a range of coaching options available for staff. Current mentoring schemes include an Academic Mentoring Scheme, Mentoring Scheme for Researchers and Mentoring for Support Staff


What is Coaching and Mentoring

Development takes place in a number of different forms, coaching and mentoring are a great opportunity to develop yourself. Whilst there are a number of similarities between coaching and mentoring there are also some differences.

What is the difference between coaching, mentoring and buddying?


  • A coach is there to support you to reach your personal or work goals. They will support, challenge and encourage you. A coach will not offer advice, but help you to find your own solution.
  • The relationship will be within a set timeframe and will be structured.


  • Whilst mentors may use a lot of similar skills to that of coaches, the relationship does differ. A mentor will be from the same field with a lot of experience within that industry or position. Mentors can be more directive and provide specific advice/ solutions to problems you are facing.
  • The relationship may be ongoing for a longer period and may be more informal
  • There is a formal mentoring process for academic staff, mentoring for professional services is to be reviewed. This doesn’t prevent any informal mentoring relationships taking place throughout the University.

Buddying (Peer mentoring)

  • Buddying is a partnership between people at the same seniority level or equivalent roles, usually to help guide you when first starting a new position to help you

This page was published on 10 October 2019