Dr Kay Guccione @kayguccione | Mentoring & Coaching Consultant
My work focuses on linking people together to talk about the things that matter to them.
I specialise in the research and educational design of mentoring programmes for the development of doctoral researchers, post-docs and early career academics. 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 practices 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.
REDS! I launched the Researcher Education & Development Scholarship conference in 2015 and hosted the second annual meeting in October 2016. The third was held in Leeds in 2017, and the 2018 Conference will be held at Coventry University.
I am the Chair of the University of Sheffield Mentoring Network: developing strategies for mentoring in Higher Education and promoting cultures of good practice at the organisational level.
My ongoing research/scholarship projects include:
(1) Trust Me! What constitutes 'quality' in doctoral student-supervisor relationships - Funded by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 2016 @predoctorbility
(2) How do graduates percieve the 'value' of their doctorate, what makes doing a PhD 'worth it' to the individual? - a 2016 collaboration with Dr Billy Bryan
(3) Cultural tensions in development of an 'Ethical Researcher' identity in PGRs - 2017 a collaboration with Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt in Medical Education
(4) Defining the boundaries of PGR-Peer Mentoring for researcher wellbeing - a 2018 collaboration with Dr Chris Blackmore, Senior University Teacher in Mental Health - funded by the Senate Fellows' Fund
|Key Educational Enhancement Projects
||Think Ahead Mentoring (Lead) #researchmentor
Piloted in 2010 to respond to a reported development need, the programme maintains a pool of 150+ active mentors (senior academics) and over 500 ECRs have completed the programme as mentees. 100% of those who have completed the programme reported positive impact on their career development. I enabled engagement, outcomes and impact tracking by designing bespoke web-based software systems and data management systems. Directly influenced development of the 2016 BBSRC guidance document on Academic Mentoring best practice.
Thesis Mentoring (Lead): #thesimentor #thesisgoals
This programme significantly enhanced provision for struggling doctoral students (400+ participants) and, due to utilising the unique skill set of postdoctoral researchers (200+ trained mentors), also significantly impacted on the numbers applying for and gaining HEA professional recognition. In recognition of this significant contribution to Excellence in Learning and Teaching, I was made a Senate Fellow in 2017.
v i s t a ‘Careers Beyond Academia’ initiatives (Lead): #sheffvista @CareerPostPhD
Comprising lunchtime seminars, an online mentoring platform (bespoke design in collaboration with software engineers), online career profiles, and a Twitter campaign, v i s t a raises awareness of post-PhD career paths. It has collectively engaged 2000+ researchers and 300+ PhD-Alumni since 2012. In recognition I received the Students’ Union Academic Award (2016) for Employability, for which I was nominated by the programme users.
Researcher-led Networks (Lead): #researchwell
(1) Emotionally Demanding Research Network (online Google+ Community — join here) partnered with the Counselling Service
(2) Disabled & Ill Researchers’ Network (online Google+ Community — join here) partnered with the Disability & Dyslexia Support Service
(3) Parent-PGR Network (launching in May 2018) partnered with Parents@TUOS
WriteFest (Lead): #acwrifest2017
The University of Sheffield festival of Academic Writing which brings together people from across the university to celebrate and socialise writing. Since 2015, 600+ researchers and academic staff have engaged with the month-long programme, collectively writing over 500,000 words. In 2017 I formed a partnership with the University of Nottingham, and in 2018 three more partner universities are anticipated.
HEFCE Catalyst Project ‘Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration: A Targeted Personal Tutoring Support Programme for Narrowing Gaps in Student Achievement and Ambition’. (Co-Applicant and Advisory Board member): @raratutor
The £500,000 project is committed to addressing barriers to student success through access to high quality academic support which includes coaching training, my area of expertise.
Fellowship Ahoy! (Principal Investigator): @fellowshipahoy
I led this multi-institution research project for LFHE, exploring accounts of agency and academic leadership in the development of research career independence. As well as a peer-reviewed report, and articles in ‘Funding Insight’ this research generated a workshop for ECRs that has been delivered at 12 UK research universities, European ITNs and most recently at the University of Fudan, Shanghai.
Consultancy projects I have recently delivered include:
- A Career Development Mentoring programme for Core Surgical Trainees, via health Education England (West Midlands)
- Research Staff Mentoring (Universities of York, Cambridge and Bristol)
- Elevate Learning & Teaching Academy Mentoring programme, and Elevate HEA accreditation buddying
- PGR Peer-mentoring for Wellbeing
- Probation mentoring policy and practice for the Dept of Sociological Studies, the Management School, The School of Education Professoriate, and the iSchool.
- Research & Knowledge Exchange Mentoring for University of Winchester
- PhD Mentoring for Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow - hosted by University of Glasgow via ESRC Accellerating Impact event
- Internship peer mentoring for Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities
- 'Coaching for Managers' development for Faculty of Social Sciences Leadership Team, and for Student Services Senior Managers
- Career development mentoring development for Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI)
- Research Leadership Mentoring for Clinical Academics in the School of Clinical Dentistry
- Industry Mentoring for CIMA PhD students;
- PGR Coaching for the IDC-MS and the ACCE DTP;
- Clinical Mentoring programme design for Academic Clinical Fellows and for Sheffield Supporting Women in Medicine.
- The GROW (professional servicess staff) mentoring programme
- 2017 Senate Fellows' Fund Defining the boundaries of PGR-Peer Mentoring for researcher wellbeing £1000
- 2017 Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 2x Case Study Grants: (1) Aren't they all Leaving Anyway? What's the value of mentoring for Early Career Researchers? (2) Can I speak to you in confidence? How can tutoring play a role in creating cultures of good doctoral supervision. £1,630
- 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
|Publications & Presentations
Publications and articles:
- Bryan, B., and Guccione, K. (senior author) (forthcoming 2018 in Higher Education Research & Development Journal). Was it worth it? A qualitative exploration of graduate perceptions of doctoral value.
- Guccione, K. (2018 in press). Trust Me! Building and breaking professional trust in doctoral student-supervisor relationships. Peer reviewed Report for Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)
- Guccione, K. (2018 in press). Can I speak to you in confidence? How can tutoring play a role in creating trusting research cultures. Peer reviewed Report for LFHE
- Guccione, K. (2018 in press). Aren't they all leaving anyway? What's the value of mentoring early career research staff? Peer reviewed Report for LFHE
- Guccione, K. (2018) How to get Fellowship Funding in Funding Insight.
- Guccione, K. (2018) Seven steps to a fellowship in Research Professional.
- Guccione, K., Guesdon, F., and Vivekananda-Schmidt, P. (in preparation). The knowing-doing gap: tensions in enacting ethical behaviour in the doctorate
- Guccione, K., & Bryan, B. (2017) To find out if a PhD is worth it, look beyond academia. Research Professional. Access here:
- Guccione K. & Wellington J. (2017) Taking Control of Your Thesis: A Guide to Get You to the End Bloomsbury, London
- Daly, R., Guccione, K., Hutchinson, S. (Eds) (2017) 53 Ways to Enhance Researcher Development Frontinus, London
- Guccione, K. (2016). More than lucky? Exploring self-leadership in the development and articulation of research independence. Peer reviewed Report for LFHE
Recent conference and invited presentations:
- Early Career Rsearchers and mental health: unpicking cultures of bullying (January 2018) Disrupting Research Practices Meeting, Coventry University (January, 2018).
- Formalising informal structures: early career researchers learn to supervise through mentoring (December 2017) Presented at SRHE International Conference, Newport, UK.
- Teach early, teach often: how early career researchers learn to supervise (October 2017) Presented at REDS Annual Conference, Leeds, UK.
- Facilitated session: Designing Mentoring for International PhD Students (September 2017) Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow
- 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
|Professional Awards & Memberships
My professional qualifications, and memberships are:
- Early Career Senate Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (2017)
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (2016)
- Winner of the Students’ Union Academic Award (2016) for Employability (researchers)
- 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)
- 2017 ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ Award for Studies in Graduate & Post-doctoral Education
- 2015 ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ Award for International Journal for Researcher Development
- THE Awards Winner 2014: Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers (Think Ahead Team)
- European Mentoring & Coaching Council Mentoring Award: Best Mentoring Programme 2014 (Shortlisted)
- Peer Reviewer for BMC Medical Educaton ISSN: 1472-6920 (since 2014)
- MBTI Practitioner Level 1 (qualified October 2012)