Coaching and Mentoring Student will soon be starting as a lecturer at UWTSD


An MA Coaching and Mentoring student from the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR) will soon be starting as a lecturer on the team.

A headshot of Gary Metcalfe.

Gary Metcalfe is working towards his MA Coaching and Mentoring with WAPPAR and is looking forward to his next challenge. Gary will be working closely with employers both nationally and internationally to identify their existing learning and development programmes and how these meet the requirements for accreditation.

Gary first came to UWTSD as a student as he wanted to undertake a work-based research master’s degree, and for him Coaching and Mentoring course was ideal.

For Gary, the course, “gives me recognition of the work I have done over my working career so far and enables me to develop new skills and knowledge based on academic research.”

Gary is also a volunteer mentor with the Chartered Management Institute.  He also volunteers as a coach and mentor with the Cranfield Trust.

“Being able to reflect my volunteering work through the master's programme has made me able to fine-tune the knowledge and skills.”

“As I have reflected on my own coaching and mentoring practice, I have used my tutors as a sounding board and a source of support as they recognise the successes I have had and, for something I thought was just a 'run of the mill' or insignificant piece of work I've done... they actually give you that recognition of it being a good piece and these are the reasons why it stands up academically.”

According to Gary, the course demonstrates good practice and it gives recognition for experiential learning, and the research element of the degree programme allows people to investigate an innovative idea for the workplace, address a problem or to explore opportunities for change in the individual's area of professional practice.  This can be a piece of research where people are able to develop their professional expertise further.

Gary feels that the course has expanded his skill set, with the key skill being reflective practice. He now feels he’s able to look back on what he’s done and the challenges he’s faced with the intention to make improvements to his practice in the future.

He adds: “In addition to that you’ve got the research skills, which are key if you’re wanting to develop your business or your coaching practice. It’s not just about enabling you to build your business, it's enabling you to better professionalise your mindset. It's giving you new skillsets, and being able to delve through research and getting the pieces that you need to apply to what you do I think is key.”

He’s also seen himself develop in his self-confidence, and can also see that what he does actually makes a difference.

During his time as a student, Gary has managed to balance his studies with working full time.

“Time management is key. I would say it’s easier to absorb the study into the working day because you’re using your study to help you develop your own skills. It’s part of your continuous professional development.”

Gary would like to encourage others to follow in his footsteps and to study the Coaching and Mentoring course.

“My advice would be do it, because it gives you that opportunity to reflect on what you’ve done, get the recognition at an academic level of what you’ve done, and it will also give you skills that will enable you to further your business through research.”

Gary’s tutor, senior lecturer Julie Crossman from WAPPAR said: “I am in a very privileged position to be able to facilitate the development of professionals such as Gary. The MA Coaching and Mentoring programme is suitable for both novice practitioners and experienced professionals alike, as each student’s pathway is designed around individual needs.  Although we offer training to those who seek to develop or enhance their skills, usually individuals approach us with many years of experience, often at senior levels, as is the case with Gary. I believe the power of reflecting back to plan forward cannot be overstated, and this especially resonates in the coaching and mentoring professions. It has been a pleasure to witness Gary’s ‘Ah-ha’ moments when he has realised the value of his coaching and mentoring practice, and of how this experiential learning can be used to gain academic credits at master’s level.”

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

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