The Everyday Coach

Coaching skills for HE Professionals

Venue: The Clayton Hotel, Birmingham

Fees: AUA Member £245+VAT | Non-member £345+VAT

Date: 12/06/2020

About this Event

This event has been postponed and bookings have temporarily closed. New details to follow in due course.

Coaching is a very powerful way of developing people in their personal and professional lives and is becoming more widely used within higher education. In times of change, it can enable people to understand their emotional responses to change and develop tools that enable them to take personal responsibility for planning their personal and professional actions.

You may not know much about coaching or may not considered it as something that you could apply in your role yourself, but coaching is an approach that we are all capable of using and to great effect.

This interactive workshop will introduce you to coaching skills like active listening and non-directive questioning and teach you the theory behind the GROW model of coaching.  To support your learning and to support the development of your coaching skills you will practice applying the GROW model using a ‘live’ example from your role. As a group, we shall consider how to overcome some common coaching problems and there is time for personal reflection on what you have learnt.

This development day will introduce you to coaching and provide you with the insight and encouragement to apply coaching in your everyday working life.

Learning outcomes

  • A good understanding of some of the fundamentals of coaching including the GROW model of coaching
  • How to establish and the importance of establishing coaching goals
  • Experience coaching by practising coaching skills and applying coaching theories
  • The power and alternative approach of coaching to a ‘live’ example from your role
  • Common coaching problems and how to overcome them

Ideal for

For those who are responsible for the development of others, who are looking to expand their skills as a manager or those who aspire to be in a supervisory or managerial role, and ultimately, for anyone who is curious and would like to know more about coaching.

Details in brief

Location: The Clayton Hotel, Birmingham

Date: 12/06/2020

Registration: 09:00

Start time: 09:30

End time: 16:30

Fees: AUA Member £245+VAT | Non-member £345+VAT



Tessa Harrison

Tessa Harrison is a Partner in the Education & Not for Profit Practice at the executive search firm, GatenbySanderson. Tessa’s focus is on the higher education sector. In her role she will be responsible for working with HE institutions across the sector to recruit and develop academic and professional service senior leaders.    Tessa’s 30-year career in higher education senior leadership and management saw her working in five universities ranged across the sector mission groups.  Tessa held department and faculty roles at Anglia Polytechnic University before joining Lancaster University in a central university role in the Registry and heading up the Teaching Quality Support Office. She was the Academic Registrar & Clerk to the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England from 2005 to 2011, the Registrar of the University of Southampton between 2011 and 2014 and most recently, the Executive Director of Education & Students at King’s College London.

Until August 2016, Tessa was the Chair of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) following a number of years as a Trustee on the AUA Board.  Tessa also served as an appointed member of the Board of the Leadership Foundation for HE.  Tessa is regularly invited to speak about her experiences of being a senior female leader in higher education and, in 2019 she was shortlisted for a WonkHE new voices award for an opinion piece about rebuilding trust through effective academic governance.

Tessa is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme and coaches senior level executive clients in universities and in other organisations.

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