Dr Kay Guccione BSc, PhD, MAEd
Mentoring & Coaching Design

NAMEMy work focuses on linking people together to talk about the things that matter to them.

I design mentoring and coaching programmes, partnering people at all career stages with mentors. I use research methods to ensure programmes are aligned to the researcher voice, are situated in academic development, and fit with the current researcher career landscape. I am a full member of the Association for Coaching, and all programmes align with the AC professional ethical standards in coaching framework, and the ethical code of conduct. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA and teach the principles and proactices of mentoring and coaching.

email me to discuss mentoring practice, programme design, mentor/coach workshops, or guest blogging for the Think Ahead Blog or Trust Me! supervisor blog.

I launched the Researcher Education & Development Scholarship conference in 2015 and hosted the second annual meeting in October 2016. The conference is touring to Leeds in 2017.

My ongoing research/scholarship projects include:

  • BOOK: Guccione, K., and Wellington, J., (2017). Taking Control of Writing Your Thesis: a guide to get you to the end. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • EDITED BOOK: Daley, R., Guccione, K., Hutchinson, S., (Eds) (2017). 53 Ways to Enhance Researcher Development. London: Frontinus
  • Trust Me! What constitutes 'quality' in doctoral student-supervisor relationships - Funded Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 2016
  • Perceptions of 'value' in doctoral study in the context of the knowledge economy - 2016 collaboration with Billy Bryan
  • Cultural tensions in development of an 'Ethical Researcher' identity in PGRs 2016
  • Fellowship Ahoy! Personal agency in gaining research independence - Funded by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 2014
  • The Journal of Imaginary Research (Vol 2) a creative-research publication. Collaboration with Dr Matthew Cheeseman.

GuccI provide consultancy across the university and wider, ongoing and upcoming TUOS projects I have designed include: PGR peer-mentoring for Animal & Plant Sciences; mentoring skills training package for the GROW programme, Mentor practice development for The School of Education Professoriate, and the iSchool. Research Leadership Mentoring for Clinical Academics in the School of Clinical Dentistry; Industry Mentoring for CIMA PhD students; Off-campus progression mentoring for The School of Education EdD students; PGR Coaching and Mentoring for the IDC-MS; Mentoring programme design for Academic Clinical Fellows and for SWiM.

I specialise in coach/mentor training and professional development and I am an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby (MA Ed Module: Principles & Practices of Coaching & Mentoring) and I provide a programme of mentor workshops at the University of Sheffield as well as research supervisor/PI workshops.

Recent paper: Guccione, K (2016). More than lucky? Exploring self-leadership in the development and articulation of research independence. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 1–37.

Recent article: for Research Fortnight — value of a PhD? look beyond the academy

New project: Advisory Board member for HEFCE Catalyst Call B project: ‘Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration: building relationships that support quality personal tutoring for reducing the BME attainment gap’ More here.

 Funding awarded:

  • 2016 Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Small Development Project Grant: Trust me! Academic leadership behaviours in creating ‘quality’ doctoral supervision relationships. £4,966
  • 2014 Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Small Development Project Grant: More than lucky? Exploring self-leadership in the development and articulation of research independence. £5,604
  • 2013 Higher Education Innovation Fund, Industrial Knowledge Forge programme, £21,500
  • 2012 EPSRC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Fund, Industrial Knowledge Forge programme, £76,873
  • 2011 RCUK Roberts' Fund for Researcher Development, Faculty of MDH, £94,739

Recent dissemination:

  • Unsticking International Thesis Writers: talking out the unseen challenges (March 2017) Keynote speaker. ESRC Impact Accelleration workshop, University of Glasgow.
  • Trust, civility, predictability and visibility in doctoral supervision (February 2017) Keynote speaker. Supervisor Symposium, University of Bristol.
  • Trust me! Mapping the vulnerabilities of doctoral supervision (December 2016) Presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education International Conference, Newport, Wales.
  • Trust me! Behaviours that build and break trust in doctoral supervision relationships. (October 2016) Presented at REDS Annual Conference, Sheffield, UK.
  • Online media in educational research – opportunities, considerations, challenges. (Sept 2016) Invited workshop for EARLI SIG: Researcher Education & Careers, Porto, Portugal.
  • The knowing-doing gap: tensions in the development of ethical behaviour in doctoral research students. (Sept 2016) Presented at BERA Annual Conference, Leeds, UK.
  • More than Lucky: Exploring how post-doc professional networks are activated in gaining research fellowship awards. (Dec 2015) Presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education International Conference, Newport, Wales

My professional qualifications, memberships and roles are:

  • Early Career Senate Award in Learning & Teaching (May 2017)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (awarded May 2016)
  • MA Leadership Coaching & Mentoring. Grade: Distinction (2014) Dissertation: The role of trust in the student-supervisor relationship: developing authority and authorship in doctoral candidates.
  • Full Member of the Association for Coaching (MAC) (since Sept 2013)
  • Member of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (since 2016) - SIG: Researcher Education and Careers
  • Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (since  2013)
  • Peer Reviewer for Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education ISSN: 2048-8696 (since 2014)
  • Peer Reviewer for BMC Medical Educaton ISSN: 1472-6920 (since 2014)
  • MBTI Practitioner Level 1 (awarded October 2012)