Higher Education special interest group


Our group provides a helpful forum to connect a wide array of people who believe in the importance of mentoring and coaching as a way to support staff and students in higher education.

A return to ‘normal’ is not what the higher education sector needs. We need to imagine new ways of building trust and purpose as we lead and navigate organisations and systems. If there is one thing we have learned over the past couple of challenging years of unprecedented change, it’s that everyone needs a network of others who provide care and compassion, as well as challenge and courage. Mentoring and coaching often provide these services at an individual level.

Who is the group for?

Individuals interested in coaching and mentoring in higher education.

Why join the group?

The group provides a safe place and time to share good practices of coaching and mentoring in higher education, as well as slow down and reflect on how to influence positive change.

Information and meetings

The group meets online every two months months, for informal peer networking or coaching, CPD, and guest speakers.

For more information on this group or to register your interest in speaking at a future meeting, please contact:

Maria Fernandes, Sarah Bailey and Tarek Jomaa
[email protected]

The lead coordinators

Maria Fernandes

Maria Fernandes – Dr Maria Fernandes is a certified executive coach, supporting early and midcareer professionals through career and life transitions via Casulo Coaching. Maria brings a wealth of experience to her practice, having held leadership roles in various sectors, including academia (Kings College London), membership charities (Institute of Physics, Microbiology Society) and the pharmaceutical industry (Pfizer). She is an advocate for compassionate leadership, creating empathetic working cultures, and supporting people to achieve success on their own terms.

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey – Sarah is Director of SEWS at Bloomsbury Institute and the Professional Development Director at EMCC UK. In her HE role, Sarah heads up a division which provides a wide range of mentoring support and coaching programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and has worked with a number of universities in the UK and overseas to create and implement mentoring programmes for both students and staff.

Tarek Jomaa

Tarek Jomaa – Dr Tarek Jomaa is known for his expertise as a consultant, mentor, and coach, blending motorsport engineering with leadership development skills. Dr Jomaa is the co-founder of Synthosys, a consultancy firm dedicated to helping organisations understand their unconscious at work. As an EMCC-accredited senior coach, Tarek specializes in supporting leaders in higher education and engineering, helping them overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

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