The International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies

The International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies is at the forefront of coaching and mentoring research. Our journal, our annual conferences and our professional network OBCAMS (the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society) offer excellent opportunities for the dissemination and sharing of research and ideas.

What is Coaching and Mentoring?

At Brookes we acknowledge a range of public definitions of 'coaching' and 'mentoring'. We see coaching and mentoring as two different, but closely linked, approaches to helping people increase their sense of self-direction, self-worth, efficacy and achievement.

Coaching and mentoring are both human development processes that involve structured, focused interaction and the use of appropriate strategies, tools and techniques to promote desirable and sustainable change for the benefit of the client and other stakeholders.

The main distinction between the two terms is that coaching does not rely necessarily on the specific experience and knowledge of the coach being greater than that of the client. We believe that mentoring is enhanced by the use of coaching methods, but that it also allows knowledge and experience to be conveyed to the client.

Our team have research interests in the following areas:

  • the philosophical underpinnings of coaching;
  • developmental, leadership and team coaching;
  • resilience;
  • embodiment;
  • transfer of learning;
  • the coaching relationship.


As well as producing the bi-annual International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring (IJEBCM), staff at the International Centre have authored or co-authored a number of books.

Latest books published by our team:

Other Publications

Staff also contribute chapters to books and write regular articles for academic journals and other publications (please see individual staff profiles for details). Books and academic papers and articles written by our team include:

  • Development of an instrument for microanalysis of coaching sessions. This project has been funded by the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University in the United States.
  • Developing psycho-social skills for retail support workers: A case study of a development programme using combined group work and individual coaching commissioned by a leading mobile communications organisation.

Undertaking a Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring

We offer two routes to achieving a doctorate in the field of coaching and mentoring:

  • The traditional PhD route. Students study independently for 3 years full time or up to 6 years part time.
  • The professional doctorate route (Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring). Students study for 3 or 5 years part-time, depending on previous qualifications and experience.




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