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Coaching and mentoring for researchers

Practical information

  • Audience: Postdocs and research staff
  • Date and time: 20 June 2024, (09:30 - 12:30)
  • Length: 3 h
  • Place: Main Site Tower, OG/010
  • Organised by: Organisational Development (


This session will provide an overview of coaching and mentoring, with a focus on their use in research environments. During the session, you will learn about the skills required in coaching and mentoring and have opportunities to practice these skills. Mentoring takes many forms from formal university –wide schemes to the ongoing discussions with colleagues that support our work and development. In this session, we will discuss the establishment of mentoring and coaching relationships and how they support learning and development in the research environment.

Programme Objectives

  • Increase understanding of mentoring and coaching
  • Gain knowledge of mentoring and coaching, when and why to use them
  • Gain knowledge of and develop the skills required by a mentor and coach: Listening; Questioning; Building rapport (networking) and Providing feedback
  • Reflect on the skills required and plan any required development.


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Paul Monahan

Paul is employed as Learning & Development Consultant in the Organisational Development team at Queen’s University Belfast, co-ordinating the range of professional and career development activities provided for staff, including; staff induction, classroom based sessions; online materials and support for school based events. As part of the programme, he has delivered workshops on project planning, presentation skills for researchers and public engagement. He co-ordinates the Queen’s Fellowship Academy and associated activities and has a remit for supporting the development of mentoring across the university. Paul worked as a researcher at Queen’s, investigating students and staff attitudes to higher education. He has taught on research methods courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Rating (out of 5): Not applicable; this course is being introduced in 2024

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