Effective Researcher: The end is in sight (TM3-4)

The last module of Vitae’s Effective Researcher programme (TM3) will help ESRs navigate the final year of their doctorate and plan for non-academic secondments.


Coaching has been shown to positively impact psychological factors such as reducing stress and improving wellbeing and resilience (Grover & Furnham, 2016). This training session will therefore provide an introduction to coaching as a way to manage stress, improve communication and support others.

ESRs will learn essential coaching skills including active listening skills and how to identify limiting beliefs in themselves and others. ESRs will recognise that these essential coaching skills can be used individually to self coach, with a peer coach and can be adapted in the workplace to support leadership development and promote better communication.

One session will allow the PhD researchers to plan for their non-academic secondments scheduled in February 2020. The ESRs will create a plan to maximise the work-place secondment through identifying personal goals and actions. ESRs will ensure that they include elements of research communication within their plan by finding time to create a tailored piece of research communication for a non-academic audience. ESRs will finish the programme by considering the ways in which their secondment will positively impact their future career plans.


17 Oct



Coaching as a way to manage stress, improve communication and support others.

18 Oct


Preparing for non-academic secondments

Understanding the purpose of a secondment. ESRs complete and discuss their own personal Secondment Plan and consider the ways in which their secondment will positively impact their future career plans.


Last stage of PhD

What could get in the way of success in the last stages of your PhD? Coaching conversations on barriers and self-limiting beliefs.

This is the last part of Vitae's Effective Researcher programme tailor-made to PLATO's PhD researchers.


Kate Mahoney | Kate's career in HE began in 2003 whilst completing a PhD at Coventry University. Her roles have included managing a regional development programme supporting the career development of academics in the Midlands, developing Times Higher Award nominated professional development training for part-time researchers and even collaborating with an Antarctic explorer, creating online training for gifted and talented children. The common theme throughout her career has been personal and professional development. In 2016 she formalised the coaching she was using in her training and development roles and trained as a professional coach. She now blends the skills she has developed over a decade and a half working in HE to empower others to take action and move forward on their goals.

Emma Gillaspy | Emma is an experienced educator, academic developer and executive coach and brings these elements together to provide a learning environment which is active, challenging and supportive. She supports other educators in finding their own path to teaching excellence and works strategically to improve the student experience. Other areas of expertise include public engagement, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness. Before moving into the field of academic and researcher development, she worked in the NHS as an information scientist and a clinical molecular geneticist following graduation from her PhD studying the genetics of osteoarthritis.

Published Sep. 13, 2019 12:11 AM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2019 10:45 PM