Dr Kay Guccione @kayguccione | National Teaching Fellow | Mentoring 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 doctoral supervision and peer-support for doctoral and academic development through my work on mentoring programmes for integrated academic practice. 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 National Teaching Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the HEA and teach the principles and practices of mentoring and coaching as core skill-sets for supervision, tutoring and educational practice.
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.
Trust Me! (Principal Investigator): My Trust Me! research investigated the behaviours that are important in building trust and creating 'quality' doctoral supervision relationships. Phase one examined supervision narratives and their impact. Phase two was a case study of how PGR Tutoring can support supervision practice. Both have led to peer-reviewed publication via LFHE and the development of new institutional policies and development activities. An open-access online learning resource for supervisory development, and a public-facing blog also resulted, as well as the face to face workshop for supervisors.
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.
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