Coaching Blog

Word clouds

25th April 2009
Word clouds are visual depictions of the word content of a document or website, automatically created. The learning word cloud you see here is derived from the words used in this website - and indicates the focus of my own work. The client self word cloud is derived from an essay I wrote at Leeds Business School titled The use of self in coaching. It…
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Courseware and Curriculum award

9th April 2009
I am delighted to hear that the new OU course, Living Political Ideas, won the Courseware & Curriculum Award at the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) Learning On Screen Awards last night. The awards celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image, sound and related media in learning, teaching and research. (more…)
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Creativity, Innovation and Change

9th April 2009
My distance learning course, Creativity, Innovation and Change (B822) has arrived from the Open University, via Parcelforce! I have 3 textbooks, 2 course readers, 1 Personality Inventory, 1 Technique Library, 1 CD-ROM of Online Applications, 1 DVD, 5 CD-Audios and 2 A4 booklets. Who said distance learning wasn’t heavy?! I also have 1 course website, online Library access, online support, online forums, a 2-day residential…
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Making professional connections

1st April 2009
I am working on an engineering project at the moment, supporting a team that is looking to create distance learning materials. This type of work is always as much about sharing new ideas about learning and teaching as it is about the 'e' bit of e-learning, so I was looking for relevant examples of engineers/engineering academics using 'microblogging' to raise their professional profile. I wake…
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Innovative learning and teaching

27th March 2009
Learning and teaching methods are changing rapidly. Students (for students, read all of us) are learning in innovative ways, in unexpected places, with technology that opens up the possibility of new connections - with experts, with like-minded communities and with up-to-the-second content. As they always have, tutors are exploring innovative ways of teaching, seeking out content to re-use and new methods to stimulate real engagement…
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Island Business Network

27th March 2009
Symmetry Coaching and Cowes Chiropractic Clinic were the latest island businesses to join the Island Business Network this week. IBN is a business networking group whose members support each others by helping them make connections. Despite meeting at 6.45am each week, the coffee and business breakfast wakes everyone up sufficiently to make the most of the networking opportunities. IBN meets weekly in Newport on the…
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Wight Schools Competition

12th March 2009
An interesting evening on the Isle of Wight Schools Competition. Many people from many places - as near as Cowes and as far as Stockholm. Serious networking, well facilitated by the Office for Public Management. Let's see who partners with whom...
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Innovation and the environment

9th March 2009
"Better to save a unit of energy than create a new one, however you create it" (Rt. Hon. John Denham, MP) A great afternoon at the University of Southampton on Friday. Who was there? The Rt. Hon. John Denham, Secretary of State for for Innovation, Universities & Skills and MP for Southampton Itchen Professor Debra Humphris, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education Academics, business people, support agencies and…
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Business South 2009

5th March 2009
I attended Business South 2009 at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton yesterday, meeting some interesting businesses and making new contacts in business, education and the public sector. Time is a valuable resource and the speed networking session proved to be an effective way of meeting a range of people from all sectors and business types: from professional service firms, e-marketing agencies and search-engine optimisation specialists…
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Employee engagement gives you the edge

2nd February 2009
Being able to engage your employees really can give you an edge over your competitors, research suggests. A study by consultancy Towers Perrin has concluded that organisations with higher levels of employee engagement outperform their competitors in terms of profitability. (more…)
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University of Southampton

Coaching, teaching and employability projects to develop academic staff, students and researchers. I career coached MBA students each year and project managed the design of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Digital Marketing, attracting 17,000 learners.


Writing national guidelines to help staff manage internships and placements

St. George’s Hospital

Working on career development strategies with early career researchers

National Oceanography Centre

1-1 career coaching to develop awareness of careers outside academia

Elsevier Publishing

Working on the future of publishing with European Marketing Directors


Designing and producing online and video based learning for IBM (UK) Sales

Oxford Brookes University

Team coaching and 1-1 coaching for education professionals

Open University

Leading teams of writers and media developers to design and deliver flexible distance learning

CGI | Admiral plc | Logica plc

Working with clients to train their staff online and as Admiral’s Corporate Marketing Manager

Isle of Wight Council

Coaching and support for staff affected by change and redundancy

University College London

Designing online learning for university professionals

Land Registry

Writing and sub-editing online versions of the Land Registry Annual Report

University College of Estate Management

Consulting to other universities and working with tutors to produce online learning

Royal Agricultural University
Centre for Empowering Patients and Communities

Project management of an online course to empower patients with long term health conditions

Education consulting

“Madeline is always spot on, always reliable, great to work with.”

(Partner in a university online learning project)